As people are wooed by the promise of ever-greater capabilities of their phones, computers and tablets, they are overwhelmed. Increasing complexity, decreasing stability and compatibility, and increasing threats to security are all of concern. In order to address these needs, companies are doing things to address issues from complexity to security by making trade-offs. But against what?
The things being traded off are negatives that may only manifest in the long term. There are costs to potential for innovation, consumer choice, and opportunity for competition.
So what to do?
I believe there’s a parallel in what we’ve seen over the past 50 years in the industrialization of our food. Improvements to cost, convenience and flavor were made – but at the cost of long term negatives to our health, to our environment, and to farmers and others. In recent years, the organic and local food movements have raised awareness and offered options to claw back some of what was lost.
So what can the organic and local food movements teach us about our computing environment and our ‘digital diet’? Please give me a few minutes to tell you.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Kim migrated to Portland in the late nineties as a NAFTA poster child. He does requirements forecasting for a large silicon manufacturer in the area, a field that requires him to think about the future of technology. He enjoys tinkering with his 3D printer and with his kids (as in, doing experiments WITH the kids, not ON them).