ED­I­TOR’S NOTE Sarah Bell

Elite Property Manager - - Contents -

WEL­COME TO the tech­nol­ogy edi­tion of EPM. I’m not sure that tech­nol­ogy and I are talk­ing right now, not civilly any­way, even though we had a beau­ti­ful thing go­ing for a long time. I’ve bro­ken up with a lot of my tech lately be­cause, like any re­la­tion­ship demise, it just be­came too much work.

Let me break down what went wrong in our re­la­tion­ship.

My tech started to con­stantly nag me. Over-no­ti­fied of all things across all time zones – it be­came ex­haust­ing, and I started won­der­ing if I owned a phone or my phone owned me. Like our cave-dwelling an­ces­tors learned to tune into the sounds of preda­tors, I have an acute re­sponse to the iPhone no­ti­fi­ca­tion sound. Like moth­ers can tell their own child’s cry from oth­ers... I think I’m nearly there with the par­tic­u­lar pitch of my no­ti­fi­ca­tion beep – some sonar fil­ter of the dis­tance be­tween my ear and hand or hand­bag.

‘I ain’t say­ing she a gold dig­ger’, but my tech has started to be­come quite greedy too. Take YouTube. Gave the milk for away for free for so long and now with YouTube Red, I am ex­pected to rent the cow at $14.99 a month. Those ad-free cat videos though...

My tech also got un­com­fort­ably pos­ses­sive and con­trol­ling. Whether I was at the park with my kids, at cof­fee with a friend, try­ing to work... it was there, jeal­ous and want­ing my at­ten­tion. It es­ca­lated too. Tex­ting while driv­ing: we all know that’s a deal breaker, but you do it once be­cause the world can’t wait and it is a slip­pery slope to a pretty dan­ger­ous habit.

My tech had also let it­self go.

I’VE BRO­KEN UP WITH A LOT OF MY TECH LATELY BE­CAUSE, LIKE ANY RE­LA­TION­SHIP DEMISE, IT JUST BE­CAME TOO MUCH WORK.

OH AND WHILE I’M MAK­ING CON­FES­SIONS: THERE IS SOME­ONE ELSE. I’VE MET SOME­ONE RE­CENTLY, AND I WANT TO EX­PLORE A NEW RE­LA­TION­SHIP.

Look­ing through my iPhone apps, desk­top book­marks, and un­read emails it was clear that things had be­come bloated, clunky, and a lit­tle too com­fort­able.

So, I was glad to meet Cushla and Justin for our cover story for this is­sue, who rein­tro­duced me to the im­por­tance of hav­ing a strate­gic in­ten­tion un­der­pin­ning the adop­tion of tech­nol­ogy and the im­por­tance of keep­ing it work­ing as a util­ity.

I’m also ex­cited to in­tro­duce you to Dr Nic Lu­cas this is­sue. Nic has a spe­cial­ism in neu­ro­science and gen­er­al­ism at be­ing awe­some. He talks about the good/bad judg­ment op­er­at­ing sys­tem in our brains and what we can do about a soft­ware up­grade. The CVS2BVS up­date will mean that con­flict, re­jec­tion, and judg­ment doesn’t sting as much as a rose cer­e­mony. (Confession: I don’t even watch The Bach­e­lor – I know, I’m a mon­ster.)

Oh and while I’m mak­ing con­fes­sions: there is some­one else. I’ve met some­one re­cently, and I want to ex­plore a new re­la­tion­ship.

Her name is Rita, she is a ro­bot and you can meet her in an Elite Agent fea­ture ar­ti­cle this is­sue ti­tled Au­to­ma­tion Nation. Rita has made me re­alise how hard I have been work­ing on my re­la­tion­ship with tech­nol­ogy and that while all re­la­tion­ships need work – it needn’t be hard work. Rita could re­place umpteen dif­fer­ent mid­dle­ware ap­pli­ca­tions and the man­ual pro­cesses needed for me to in­te­grate across the busi­ness, per­sonal, so­cial, fi­nan­cial and ex­pe­ri­en­tial di­men­sions of my life.

A lit­tle older and wiser now, I’m start­ing to look at what tech­nol­ogy can re­ally of­fer me from a holis­tic point of view. No longer sat­is­fied with one strik­ingly good fea­ture, tech needs to get on with the rest of my world in or­der to be an as­set. The good news is, I think tech gets that too. Re­set and rekin­dle the ro­mance.

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