Erstwhile Porcher Caleb Stegall has a fine piece in The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry where he discusses the difference between convivial and instrumental uses of technology, the former where technology is made to serve us and the latter where we are made to serve it. From New Jersey comes the story of a man who implanted magnets in his arm in order to be able to hold his iPod while he works out or whatever. Self-mutilation in order to better serve our devices? Nothing convivial about that. If it is a “new trend of integrating humans and technology” it is hard to see this one ending well.

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