We've endured the desktop era, the post-PC era, the smartphone era, and don't forget the comically overused "year of mobile." Now we're seeing glimpses of the post-mobile era, characterized by virtual reality and augmented reality.
Let's say we're sitting around the table, having a lively discussion, when something comes up that none of us (in this scenario I'm pretending we have friends) know the answer to. Out come the smartphones! Tap tap, typity type type...
It's not every day one sees a fully-functional smart city, given crumbling urban infrastructure in many countries, so a visit to a metropolitan area that runs well and serves its residents efficiently is a delightful sight for sore eyes.
We are bombarded with messages from almost every element of society telling us that we will be happier if we get a certain new shiny object, or date a certain attractive person, or make more money, or achieve some goal, or have more pleasurable experiences.
We need our smartphones, notifications screens and web browsers to be exoskeletons for our minds and interpersonal relationships that put our values, not our impulses, first. People's time is valuable. And we should protect it with the same rigor as privacy and other digital rights.