Feed The Machine

by Zoë Pollock

Allison Arieff interviewed New York Times reporter Matt Richtel, who spent the past year on the series, Our Brain on Computers:

[All the people I talked to] talk about technology as being analogous to food. You need food, you need technology. This is not a Luddite philosophy--it’s just that some food is Brussels sprouts and some is Twinkies. Just as you can overeat, you can abuse your brain by overindulging or making bad choices about technology. No one would say ‘food is good, let’s eat as much as possible.’