Just a thought from 7 May 2006 about .

I've been thinking about something lately. What do you call it when you voluntarily give up control of some piece of your life, because technology makes it easier? For example:

  • Automatic transmission cars. Give up a little control, gain a little less to worry about.
  • Email filters. Save me from spam, even if it's not always perfect.
  • TiVo. Perfect example. Just tape stuff you think I'll like, ok?

There are more examples every day. In a way, the march of technology is all about the speed at which it takes over the little things we used to do ourselves. Personally, I remember having to take my own messages, have computers and phones tied to land lines, and look up information in card catalogs. I wonder what things I do now that someday some new technology will do for me?

What do you think the phenomenon should be called?

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “Abdicatechnology” that I wrote on 7 May 2006.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “The Art of No” on 2 May 2006. After this, I wrote “Calling All Designers: Learn to Write!” on 9 May 2006.

The Art of No
Being a designer is all about embracing the word "no." When we sit down with a blank slate and a...
2 May 2006

Calling All Designers: Learn to Write!
I recently had the good fortune to work with a client who asked me to, in addition to doing my...
9 May 2006

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Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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