Talk to people not computers

Another good reason to take walks in friendly places, and talk to strangers. However, I think the article forgets that you can be friends via computers, which would be a better choice than trying to interact with uninterested, or uninteresting, people.

Realize Engineering

liverpoolplayhouseRecently, we went to see the Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams at the Liverpool Playhouse.  There is a wonderful line in it ‘People go to the movies instead of moving’ when Tom Wingfield comments on everyone living life vicariously through the action-packed life of Hollywood stars.  The play was written in 1940s long before the advent of smart phones.  Nowadays people interact with their smart phones rather than with the people around them but still live vicariously through the lives of celebrities.  Recent research has found that many people today would actually prefer to deal with computers that appear to understand them rather than with other people, according to Richard Waters.  This is a shame because one of the things that makes humans different to computers is our ‘inbuilt propensity for social interaction’.  Computers are unlikely ever to replicate our emotions, curiosity, irrationality or creativity (See my post…

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