I had just finished a month of back-to-back assignments, and of course, got myself a terrible tension headache. Partly from the pent-up stress, but also from looking at the screen too much. During the brain-fog when I was thinking thoughts that led me to take a (short) break, I thought about how freeing it was to have the choice to move away from technology if I get tired of it. Yet considering that our world is becoming increasingly tied to our internet and machines (Google glass, brain cyber-enhancements, app-body syncing), what will happen to this choice? If we become so cybernetically enhanced that we no longer need to take breaks, what happens? Do we still need breaks anyway? This comic is an attempt at discussing this question.
I’ll set out to say that I’m not a Luddite (it would be hypocritical if I was! Look at where we are!). I’ve only my reservations about the ethics of the acceleration of technology, especially coming from start-up culture.