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Technology is making life simpler and allowing people more time for other things. But, do people know what to do with that time?

This is a perennial question around Technology and science advancement. Are we making people dull? Do they really know what to do with the time that technology provides? Where is the society movement to bring purpose into the lives of people who suddenly have free time to think about this thanks to technology?

I haven't found an answer to this question. Particularly to how we as technology providers can at the same time give a complimentary course of action for the free time and enhance the overall quality of life, not only with simplicity and time provision but also with a higher purpose for the newly found space to be filled.

I think without solving this technology is a one way street not a dialogue that might leave people and society at large to hollow to design its own next best form in the future.

Thanks for your contribution to solve this little puzzle in my head!

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  • Aug 18 2012: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince :

    "This was a merchant who sold pills that had been invented to quench thirst. You need only swallow one pill a week, and you would feel no need for anything to drink.

    Why are you selling those?" asked the little prince.

    Because they save a tremendous amount of time," said the merchant. "Computations have been made by experts. With these pills, you save fifty-three minutes in every week."
    And what do I do with those fifty-three minutes?"

    Anything you like..."

    As for me," said the little prince to himself, "if I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I should walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water.”

    It can't be better put :)
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      Aug 19 2012: Agree, it can't be better put. Only issue is back then a merchant came every once in a while, now comes every minute, and people is buying! Thanks for sending me back to the little prince!
      • Aug 19 2012: We can't stop it, but we can choose not to take part in the current consuming hysteria. It's hardly possible to be totally free , unless you are a zen monk, but conscious choice means something. Maybe it means a lot. We don't know how the physics of collective consciousness works ; how one influences the many.
        At least it is what we all have :
        do the best you can with what you have and stay in peace.

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