But now my daydreams are different. As technological magic becomes routine, I wonder whether a visit to a preindustrial society might teach me more than it teaches them. The only thing more fascinating than our technology is the idea of getting along without it. Maybe the way to recapture the magic is to turn all that stuff off.
I’ve been repeatedly amazed by how enamored much of the tech community has been with the idea of getting away from the gadgets that they make a living designing, selling, using, and reviewing.