"The new raft of minidevices are ingenious and much more powerful than even the high-end desktop computers of a decade ago. But this wave of technology is not doing much except, perhaps, to make us ever more distracted, disconnected and obsessed with trivia. Perhaps the biggest loss here may be psychological, the decline of what historian Frederick Jackson Turner called 'the expansive character of American life.' Instead of exploring new frontiers, we now obsess over mobile apps, and our Big Picture has devolved into a procession of 'selfies.' If anything, in most critical areas, such as housing and transport, we seem to be looking backward, to the days of small apartments, trolley cars or trains. A crowded, poorer future, not a tech nirvana, beckons."
Via Seth Dixon