Prelim Bloopers

Gaps in Logic

Technology products and services need to make sense, taking into account human behavior, which is shaped by both inherent physical and mental capabilities and life experiences. Ingenuity is a valuable trait, but the products and services need to add value. Form must follow function; they are not purely art. And they need to work reliably for a reasonable lifetime. While it is important to make a profit to stay in business, they should be designed by engineers or designers, not accountants.

Technology companies of all sorts are bringing us miracles and near-miracles of information hardware, software, and content; productive and/or entertaining gadgets and services; life-saving or time-saving pharmaceuticals and materials; etc. They're enriching our lives and enriching themselves. All well and good. A lot of the content and services that the information sector is providing us is "free". Actually not totally free, nor should we expect it to be. In many instances, in return for the value-added it is providing, it is bombarding us with a huge amount of advertising, some of it disguised as objective information. As consumers, we all need to be aware that "there ain't no free lunch", and decide how much free stuff we want (e.g., ad-driven Google searches) and how much we'll pay when we want objective information (e.g., Wikipedia).