Uninventing the Computer

Should every possibility that technology provides also be realized? This is the question I touched upon in a previous post about Barnaby Jack’s (RIP) pacemaker hack. Put like this, most would say not but in other circumstances the fact that tech makes something possible is a strong reason to also make it happen. Recently, the Irish state announced that it will release information to the public in the pace of papers, not connected computers. This inevitably led to jokes about “uninventing” the computer, but the idea should not be ruled out entirely. Instead of doing what technology allows, we should use technology to do what is best for us. This may sometimes lead to some quirky solutions, but the alternative is to let machines rule.