“You know,” your friend at the bar says, sipping at a pint. “I heard Trump manipulated voters because some company in England told him what to say based on people’s Facebook likes.”
“Yeah, Cambridge Analytica — I heard about that, too.”
“So they use Facebook to sell us things we don’t need with ads, and then they use our data to control our politics…”
“Yeah, but check out this live-feed from SpaceX on of my Facebook friends just sent me. They’re about to land another rocket.”
You both gaze into your phones like crystal balls, watching gods like the Iron Man himself — Elon Musk — ushers in a new space age.
The give and take of technology exist everywhere we look today. At times we feel like victims, helpless pawns at the mercy of the titans in Silicon Valley. At other times we feel like superhumans, able to get the answer to any question and see anywhere in the world in the time it takes for our coffee to finish brewing.
The same app that baits us into endless swiping at the bar, our eyes glued to the screen and oblivious to all the possible connections around us, might also connect us to well-matched partners we normally wouldn’t have crossed paths with during our day-to-day grind.
So which is it: victims of the black-hole-like attraction of our devices, or apes empowered with a god-like variety of options? You may not realize it, but it’s up to you.