Douglas Adams On Technological Progress

Douglas Adams wrote a famous essay back in 1999 called: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet.

Since this is a time of drastic technological change, it’s worth recalling “the way these things work” according to Adams:

  1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
  2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
  3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.






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