Douglas Adams on Our Reactions to Technology

A previous manager of mine quoted Douglas Adams’ when talking about the different reactions we have to new technology. I find this is especially relevant given the rise of blockchain technology.

I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:

  1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
  2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
  3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
June 1, 2022

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