Wendell Berry’s Standards for Technological Innovation

From the author Wendell Berry in 1987:

1. The new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces.
2. It should be at least as small in scale as the one it replaces.
3. It should do work that is clearly and demonstrably better than the one it replaces. 4. It should use less energy than the one it replaces.
5. If possible, it should use some form of solar energy, such as that of the body.
6. It should be repairable by a person ofordinary intelligence, provided that he or she has the necessary tools.
7. It should be purchasable and repairable as near to home as possible.
8. It should come from a small, privately-owned shop or store that will take it back for maintenance and repair.
9. It should not replace or disrupt anything good that already exists, and this includes family and community relationships.

From “Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer“, Harpers Magazine, 1987.

What My Parents are Teaching Me About the iPad

My parents bought an iPad this Christmas.  I took the time to help them get it set up and was amazed to see how they reacted to it.  Here are some things that I learned from parents while observing them with an iPad. 

1. It’s computer not a tablet. (My dad calls it a computer, tablet is completely foreign concept).  

2. Cloud storage is really confusing if the only thing you have known as storage is 3.5” discs and CD-ROMS.

3. The FOX News iPad app is horribly designed, yet it will be main source of news for my dad.

4. Multiple email accounts for different people on the same iPad can be confusing.

5. They don’t understand why there is an app designed for the iPad and that same app is does not have a desktop version.

Keep in mind my parents are very intelligent people, however it was interesting to see them to interact with this new technology. 

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