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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Like when the soap dispensers don't recognize nonwhite hands*

Progress means that bad things happen faster.

-Terry Pratchett

The philosopher in the lavatory. Technology may solve problems, but they are usually problems caused by earlier forms of technology. “Toilets flush three times instead of one. Faucets open at full-blast. Towel dispensers mete out papers so miserly that people take more than they need. Instead of saving resources, these apparatuses mostly save labor and management costs. To flush a toilet or open a faucet by hand offers almost wanton pleasure given how rare it has become."

- Ian Bogost, The Atlantic


*It really happened. See for yourself.

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