The double edged sword

Why are we said to be living in the information age?

Because our pockets hold computers that are 120 million times more powerful than the Apollo Lunar Landing Spacecraft, with which we can access a pipeline of information that moves 1.5 zettabytes of data per year. And we can access this information when we’re riding across a desert, waiting at a restaurant or walking to work.

But that is boring.

What is less obvious is that this is a two-way relationship. Just as we have access to all this information, it has access to us everywhere – at work meetings, at gatherings with friends and even in our toilets.

The next time you pick up your smartphone, what is really happening? Is it you accessing the internet, or is the internet accessing you?

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