09 September 2013 // 2013-252

A Litmus Test for Technology

Psychologist and author Sherry Turkle says:

"My litmus test for considering any technology: does it serve our human purposes?"

What these "human purposes" are is, of course, subjective and complicated. However, I think this is a valuable consideration both for focusing your efforts on things you make, and for alloting your time to tools you use.

Certainly, it might help some creators cut the wheat from the chaff during their product brainstorming and avoid ever spending time and effort making counterproductive applications.


  1. From this article in The Guardian.

Author: Erin Jo Richey
URL: http://erinjorichey.com/thumos/articles/technology-purpose

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