Quora is often the source of some real pearls of wisdom, especially if you follow the right people such as well-known Internet entrepreneurs. Which was the case recently when a question regarding prisons prompted a response from someone recently released from one after 25 years inside.
The question asked related to how the indescribably rapid evolution of technology, especially over the past few decades, affects prisoners when they’re released. A guy named Michael Santos answered, describing his experience of being released from prison into a strange new world where smartphones are everywhere and social networking is commonplace. Now we’re going to examine that question from another angle.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What One Tech Innovation Would You Miss In Prison? If you’re not comfortable thinking about being banged up then think of being stranded on a desert island for 20 years instead. Whatever the scenario, the result is the same – those technological innovations you’ve come to know, love, and rely on are suddenly no longer available.
Would it be a piece of hardware or gadget that you’d miss the most? If so, which one and why? Would it be a Web service? Or the ability to order goods online? Would your mind revert to thinking in back-to-basics terms, with an oven, a kettle, or a microwave at the top of your wishlist? Let’s assume that this is a prison with no modern conveniences, and certainly none that are available to the inmates.
Think about this question laterally, as I will be asking questions at the end. If you’d prefer to further the discussion by instead talking about how hard it is to (re)learn skills after not using them for a long time, then feel free to do so. This is about getting to the heart of our current use of technology, and how we rely upon it to do so much. If it was all to be taken away suddenly then what would we miss the most?
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
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