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posted: 12/2/2017 7:17 AM

Essay: I've fallen out of love with technology

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  • Tech writer Shira Ovide says there's zero chance she's going to buy one of these voice-activated assistants from Amazon or other tech companies.

    Tech writer Shira Ovide says there's zero chance she's going to buy one of these voice-activated assistants from Amazon or other tech companies.
    (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 
 

This has been a year of reckoning with the extreme downsides of technology. The same qualities that made the internet and tech so thrilling for a couple of decades -- eliminating gatekeepers, making information instantaneous and connecting people with different points of view -- now sometimes seem more threatening than alluring.

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