Amara's law: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.

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GenghisTheHun
05/02/2008

Amara's law: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. 5

How true.  Electronics is a good example.  Television is a better example.  It was supposed to teach so much, but instead it is dumbing down society to a frightening extent.

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Djahuti
05/02/2006

Amara's law: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. 5

While "technology" in and of itself is neither Good nor Bad,allowing it to run amok has led to a whole host of problems.For example,we have become WAY too dependant on electricity-something that can crap out on us in a heartbeat in certain situations.Some people seem to think that "science" will one day answer everything and solve all the problems of the world but it will NOT,unless it morphs into learning how to live in Harmony with Nature instead of playing "God" in a vain attempt to dominate it.

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CanadaSucks
07/23/2005

Amara's law: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run. 5

Brilliant. Where does one begin to give examples? Didn't the computer companies promise us that computers would (1) make our jobs easier and (2) give more information to the masses. Well- (1) people are expected to work longer hours on their machines and keep up productivity and (2) literacy rates in children have declined as internet use has risen. In short, computers were advertised as machines that emancipate and simplify- but we're fatter, dumber, and over-worked.

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