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Fending Off the Tyranny of Tools

Over at IEEE Spectrum, I look at how we’ve gone from being master tool-users to users who have been mastered by their tools. Goodbye embodied cognition, hello death by smartphone; so long thinking hand, welcome automation complacency. The devices are winning and the results are skill fade, information underload, and not burnout but boreout.

For these and many other terms relating to the tyranny of our tools, check out the column online here.