May 28 2023

Better Living Through Algorithms

Naomi Kritzer gives us her vision of Better Living Through Algorithms:

June was the first of my friends to get into it. This isn’t surprising—she was playing Wordle for weeks before Margo or I discovered it. When we met up for our weekly lunch, she kept checking her phone and I assumed it was some new game. Then she put it down with a smile and said, Abelique told me not to pick up my phone again until after lunch was over.”

Who?” Margo said.

It’s this new app for better living.”

I love the idea of an app that tells you to put your phone down more. For your own good,” Margo said, her eyes glinting. […]

Compare and contrast with Bruce Sterling’s Maneki Neko from 1998.

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