This section of the book covers my personal technology use and it's comprehensive, ranging from how I read the news, to how I water the garden and interact with the world of social media.
I trained as an engineer and worked in the IT industry for nearly thirty years and I saw a lot of the downsides of technology use as it evolved. As a result my personal technology use takes quite a lot of inspiration from the Amish. The Amish take two key approaches to technology adoption: they experiment with it, to ensure they understand how it will affect their lives and they only adopt technologies that contribute positively to their values.
In this chapter I describe my personal technology use. What's worked and what hasn't. Since gardening is a big part of my life, most of this chapter has some relevance to gardening, but it's applicability is much broader than that.
Quite a few of the tech that I use has been gifted to me and I make that clear. I normally won't recommend anything that I wouldn't buy myself though, if I do I will explain why.
I think the Amish approach to tech is inspired. Kevin Kelly (a very interesting person) wrote a book, in 2010, "what technology wants" which covers a lot of ground, but for me its key insight is that technology is almost like a living organism, it's evolving in its own way, in accordance with its own needs and those needs often don't align with ours. To have a healthy relationship with technology, we need to be thoughtful and discriminating in what we adopt and how we use it.
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