Thursday, 8 January 2015

Will Technology Hasten the End of Caring for Other Species?


I know it sounds a bit pessimistic but the description of some of the 'new' technologies (more accurately, extensions of older techniques) presented at the 2015 LA gathering for computer nerds seems to me to take people away from a sense of caring for their pot plants and companion animals (aka 'pets'). I appreciate that our plants may well continue to be watered and supplied when we go on holiday and our dog's general temperature, weight gain and activity (as well as its location) can be monitored by computer but isn't something taken away as we no longer have to personally provide for either organism? I think that most people have house plants and pets so that they can do the 'looking after' but perhaps I am wrong on that count?

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