If “the machines” ever do take over…

… it will be because we have stopped thinking, not because they have started to. From software developer Doug Smith at Mind Matters:

Many authors are revealing that the companies behind our screens are using intentionally addictive strategies against us. There should no longer be a debate about whether behavioral addiction is a thing, especially after Adam Alter’s 2017 book Irresistible convincingly showed how substance and behavioral addictions affect the brain in the same ways. He writes,
”There’s also a pattern that describes the brain of a drug addict as he injects heroin, and a second that describes the brain of a gaming addict as he fires up a new World of Warcraft quest. They turn out to be almost identical.”
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Reality check: It becomes an issue when these people remember to vote. Maybe we should hope they don’t.

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