Our Silent Future

Can you get through your day without talking, in person, to another human? If you unwind the clock 100 years, the prospect would seem ridiculous, unless you lived deep in the woods. But, as time goes on, technology is clearly drawing us closer toward a world of silence.

Today, things like Uber and iPhones are removing requirements of in-person human interaction left and right.

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But man, as much as I love putting my headphones on and reading media in the back of the car on the way to work, I miss arguing about politics with cabbies. I worry that the sum of those weird interactions is more valuable for a democracy and the world than we understand.  

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