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<h1>Where we do and don’t want automation</h1>
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I used to use Gmail.
But one day, as I typed my mother’s email address into the “To:” field, Google popped up a prompt asking if I also wanted to CC my uncle.
That was so invasive and creepy that I deleted the account immediately and never used it again.
I don’t want automated intelligence in my private email.
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My friend lives in a home full of the smartest technology, and loves getting all the new smart things, but he drives a deliberately retro old car with no computer chips.
He loves to tinker with his car, and wants to do any maintenance himself.
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Another friend lives in a tech-free rustic cabin with no screens, but drives a Tesla.
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I do everything on a broken old Linux laptop, using only the command line, usually offline, nothing in the cloud.
I think it’s because I don’t want any outside automation or intelligence in the work that matters to me.
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When software is described as “auto-”, “smart”, or “intelligent” it means that <strong>somebody else put their rules into it</strong>.
But I don’t want my computer to do anything I didn’t explicitly tell it to do.
It shouldn’t change what I typed unless I tell it to.
It should never guess or predict what I want.
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I want full manual control.
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On the other hand, I don’t mind if my phone does these things, because I don’t care about my phone much.
And I would love a high-tech car, full of smart AI automation, because I’m not a car aficionado.
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At first I thought that an expert at something won’t want assistance.
But no, of course, auto-pilot for airline pilots, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSKERVTMWqs" title="Integrated Development Environment">IDE</a>s for programmers.
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So I think it comes down to:
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how much of an expert you are at controlling this thing yourself
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how much you still enjoy doing it
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if you want the kind of assistance it provides
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Any thoughts on this subject?
I’d love to hear another point of view.
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