What a Day
The Unbearable Ambivalence of Success

Tech Is An Ancient Greek Word After All

Now Google Glass is getting into the take-technology-and-develop-it-for-autistic-children market. The apps a company is making are for "children with moderate to high-functioning autism, though it hopes to extend its apps’ capabilities to other kids as well." Charlie is not the initial target audience. 

The app-makers do acknowledge something we've long borne witness too, the capacity of a seemingly wondrous electronic device to bedevil Charlie and create not only more but new problems and not only because of the potentially isolating, enthralling power of iPads and the like. In Charlie's case, the hi-tech world, the slick interface, the optimized and automated process, have too often proved hindrances. 

This is not to say that technology cannot be Charlie's friend and support. With a nod to having a dad who's a historian and a mother who deals in dead language literature (who just spent half the morning hacking Apple's Family Sharing to get it to work the way I'd like it to for Charlie), he sticks to the tried and true, to lower-tech traditions like his trusty bike rather than the latest trends and innovations.


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