When We Act by Remote Control

remote controlWriter Nicolas Carr describes the way our programs and apps lead to changing the way we work and experience life. He writes:

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“As the programs gain more sway over us—shaping the way we work, the information we see, the routes we travel, our interactions with others—they become a form of remote control."

“Unlike robots or drones, we have the freedom to reject the software’s instructions and suggestions. It’s difficult, though, to escape their influence. When we launch an app, we ask to be guided—we place ourselves in the machine’s care.” (Nicolas Carr, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2014, p. 204)

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