wouldn’t it be great if our phones could replace our moral responsibility as parents?

Given that daily life is a battle against overload, I thought there might be valuable information in this talk, called “Predicting Overload”:

It can be very frustrating working with computer types who think the solution to every problem is a cell phone app.

My daily life is a battle to care for myself faster than everyone can things stuff on me.  In this video, “Predicting Overload,” I was hoping for some kind of predictive cue I hadn’t noticed before.  Instead I heard a story about someone turning their kid’s life into stressful chaos over the complex social consequences of showing up late to a party having forgotten to bring food.  The story ends with the archetypal horror:  freakout in a grocery store.

Later in the first video, the speaker admits he knows exactly why the boy in the story had a meltdown: the parent jerking the kid around through stressful chaos for inscrutable reasons.  It’s like being too high to maintain in public and then you’re forced into public.  That answer means the normal people might need to be more considerate.  That’s a problem, and engineers know how to solve problems!

Instead of paying attention to their children so they learn to meaning of their body language, he suggests attaching sensors to them, which will send his vital signs over the internet to a server, which will communicate with his mother’s cell phone when a mathematical model predicts overload.  Then the mother will know when to let the kid chill for a minute and ground himself, because it’s not like he’s been showing multiple signs of stress.  The app will surely have security problems and the company will get hacked.

This guy’s first instinct is continuous invasion of the kid’s bodily privacy, essentially attaching the kid to a lie-detector test all day.  What he’s actually saying is that his social retardation is so bad that he needs an assistive device.

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