Greetings! I’m Andrew Hoffman,
I’ve been on a journey to transform mine and my family’s devices, from devices that can do everything, into devices that can only do certain things.
I got inspired to do this after remembering some futuristic fantasy settings of connected utopias, where technology empowered those future civilizations to do great things.
When remembering these depictions of futuristic civilizations, they never showed these devices being abused for entertainment purposes. You never saw the well adjusted individuals in these fantasies abusing their worn technologies for entertainment. They weren’t doom scrolling social media. They weren’t watching porn. They weren’t chain watching YouTube videos. They weren’t playing videogames. They weren’t swiping dating profiles. They weren’t chatting discord conversations. They weren’t Being Correct ™ in a reddit thread.
Futuristic depictions of worn personal technology always showed the best of us. Those smart devices were tools that helped them remove friction from the tasks, and they weren’t always in use, or in hand, or being stared at. And that’s what I want for me and my family.
I think part of those fantasy depictions are naive in that they don’t take into account the human element, or that they are unrealistic when it comes to human willpower. If there were an app that could magically inject drugs into your system, these fantasy depictions of wearable technology wouldn’t depict those future humans as having drug addicts abusing their smart devices to get high. However, if there were an app in the appstores that could magically inject any drug into your system, that would be an unmitigated disaster on a global scale.
I want to come closer to the futuristic smart device fantasies, where our smart devices empower me and my family, instead of sapping away our potential.
But to do that, I have to embrace the human element. I have to do away with the naive idea that willpower and determination is sufficient for overcoming anxiety induced compulsive escapism.
And as for how Opal fits into this for me, what a smartphone should and shouldn’t be.
I’m not totally sure if Opal is capable of enabling what I hope it can, but that’s why I signed up to this community, to ask questions and make suggestions.