Latest Apple tool is just the start of limiting technology
Think for a moment. Except for the apocalypse, is there anything scarier than misplacing your phone? I doubt it.
The phone is your wallet, calendar, alarm clock, cable package, relationship tracker, and compass.
Now, because they’re so universally addictive, smartphones have spawned a new technology of limits.
Apple announced Monday that its new operating system would come with built-in tools to stop you from using your phone too much. That includes a “do not disturb” mode that can start automatically at bedtime and hold all your alerts ‘til morning. It will also show a precise weekly report of your total time spent staring at the screen, like a radiation dosimeter.
I sense in this the birth of a whole new industry based on limits. Intelligent, traffic-sensing cars that will only start if there is actually room for you on the road. Happy Meals packed in boxes that can’t be opened until you’re really hungry. A supermarket self-checkout that grabs the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches out of your shopping cart and returns them to the freezer case until you lose the weight.
Maybe the day will come when the internet simply shuts down at midnight like TV stations used to do. You see a test pattern, they play the “Star Spangled Banner,” and then everything smart just goes dark until morning.
Be sure to stand, by the way.