“When we try a new technology, the technology changes us. This pattern apparently goes back to the invention of agriculture, which led us to start living in cities (to store & trade crops), to invent writing (for tracking transactions) and… become accountants.
Using technology always carries the risk that the technology will make you more like it — think of how much subdivisions, highways and cubicle farms mirror the structure of industrial processes. But if, after diving into the technology, you can pull back, you may find that you can become more human…”
The rest is at O’Reilly.