I totally agree with this, but the problem is that not everyone can ‘sell glasses’ and sometimes children do not want to eat their vegetables, no matter how many crazy faces you make for them on their plate. It sometimes feels we look for such ‘solutions’ so that we have something to justify why we might have failed or where we could improve next time. The problem is that sometimes ‘the experience’ is somewhat arbitrary. No matter how nice your tone is or how you smile, if you are selling ice to Eskimos then you will always be up against it.
This should be a joyous occasion. No more changing bums or pushing the stroller. However, there was a part of me that felt somehow out of whack. These habits have become a part of my everyday life. Like all habits, I am happy to change when needed and often push myself to do so, but the connection with identity is an odd one. A colleague recently highlighted this when she asked whether persisting with certain routines involving others was in fact for me. Although I don’t think I persisted with nappies etc for my own sake, it does leave me thinking.
This is one of the things about technology, whether good or bad. So much of the work that goes into managing and understanding it is assumed. It is incorporated into everyday life, magically maintained by modern day magicians. The challenge we all have is to stop every now and then to pull back the curtain and reflect upon the biases and intent really at play.a
I think this experience is no different to other novels set in the future as well as the fast:
The books challenge us how we live without telling us how to live.
I love listening to music with my daughters. One minute it might be a Disney classic, the next some pop song off the radio. What interests me is when I introduce something new to see the response. Each decision influences the next choice. This rather than sandwiches captures the challenges and complexities associated with ‘algorithms’ and ‘machine learning’.