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Deeply Conflicted

Posted by Dirck on 28 November, 2014

I need to rant a little after this week’s film.  Good thing it’s a short one.

“Our goal is to build technology… that makes people happy.”

Laudable.  I’m a fan of happiness.  But here’s the thing; if the happiness is founded on the perception of getting something hand-written, and it was not, then is it a viable happiness?  Does the warmth of “Oh, look,  X thought to send me a letter” sustain itself if you later find out they sent it via this somewhat talented robot, or does the joy take on a taint if not evaporate entirely when you realize that the sender didn’t put in the actual physical effort of scrawling away on the paper?  That it may be one of dozens, all the same but for an {INSERT NAME} field?

I don’t have a good answer to that one.  I leave it for the deeply philosophical to ponder over the weekend.  Suggestive of a possible answer is an article giving tips to spotting the automata-made missives (the first of which doesn’t show up when a fountain pen is in play, alas).

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Valiant TD

Today’s ink: Pelikan Brilliant Brown


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