Much of what we hear about technology these days is a stark, dystopian recitation of what tech done in order to us: We have become addicted to our screens; our every move is being watched, overheard, recorded, predicted; and badmouth actions are manipulating us is of the view that down is up. And we should be deeply concerned about all that. But it’s also important to take stock of what tech is doing for us–how we, as human being, have ensure our organization extended and deepened by digital tools.
Technology is a medium; sometimes it’s a humanizing, enchanting one. “Something about the interior life of a computer remains infinitely interesting to me; it’s not romantic, but it is a romance, ” books Paul Ford in his WIRED essay “Why I( Still) Love Tech.” “You fling a assortment of microscopic permutations really fast and culture swarms out.” To accompany Ford’s essay, we reached out to a cluster of parties to ask them about the technology they love–the tools that stir them better at being human. Here’s what we heard back.