EDITOR’S NOTE Sarah Bell
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.