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1147 implied HN points 23 Feb 24
  1. Secularization has affected the dominant religion of technology, shifting cultural beliefs and values.
  2. The concept of the 'religion of technology' involves a deep entanglement of religious and techno-scientific elements over time.
  3. The religion of technology peaked in the 1939 New York World's Fair, exemplifying a moment of cultural dominance that has since waned.
402 implied HN points 13 Oct 23
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2 HN points 09 Feb 24
  1. Apple's release of Vision Pro headset has sparked discussions on the implications of technology on our perception of time and attention.
  2. The debate around using Vision Pro in everyday scenarios raises questions about living as a 'creature' vs. living as a 'machine.'
  3. Embracing fullness of presence and depth of experience in everyday moments may lead to a renewed sense of connection and enchantment with the real world.
9 HN points 07 Apr 23
  1. Thinking cogently and insightfully about AI is a challenge due to its evolving nature and broad use.
  2. AI researchers often feel a responsibility to usher in a new form of intelligence, reminiscent of historical testimonies on technological advancements.
  3. AI is revealing the end of a world as modernity expires and the culture of technological modernity becomes increasingly hostile to the human person.
3 HN points 08 Jul 23
  1. AI is being used to automate mundane, repetitive tasks that humans have been conforming to in various contexts.
  2. The acceptance of AI displacing humans may stem from a societal trend of deskilling and outsourcing core human competencies.
  3. Encountering genuine human interaction in a world of automated responses and efficiency-driven interactions can be a revitalizing and important experience.
3 HN points 22 May 23
  1. The pursuit of relentless optimization can lead to a mental health crisis by creating unattainable goals and unsustainable pressures.
  2. Living in a society ordered by the search for the 'one best way' can produce anxiety, fear, compulsiveness, and self-loathing.
  3. Compensatory techniques designed to alleviate the pressure of relentless optimization can themselves succumb to the imperatives of optimization, as seen in digital technologies.