“The Perils of Perfection”

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images-6Check out this New York Times  Op-Ed, “The Perils of Perfection”, by writer Evgeny Morozov. Written a couple of years ago, it’s as  pertinent now as it was then–perhaps more so. Morozov warns against what he calls “technological solutionism”– and attempt to quantify and simplify our messy human-ness.  The writer rails against the attempt to reduce the pain of ambivalence to a simple decision-making algorithm. Morozov writes:

“Jean-Paul Sartre, the existentialist philosopher who celebrated the anguish of decision as a hallmark of responsibility, has no place in Silicon Valley. Whatever their contribution to our maturity as human beings, decisions also bring out pain and, faced with a choice between maturity and pain-minimization, Silicon Valley has chosen the latter — perhaps as a result of yet another instant poll.”

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