I’m stuck at my office at 9 p.m. on a Friday night. I can’t start my car. I can’t get to dinner. I can’t get home. And it’s all because a tiny piece of metal broke at the wrong time. I was heading out to show a house to a woman about 3 p.m. Friday when my key broke off in the ignition. It was annoying, but the car started, so I thought I would deal with it later. The car had other ideas, though. Now I’m waiting for a locksmith who’s going to charge me $165 to make a new transponder key. That’s frustrating, but everybody has faced similar issues. What’s the point? As the world gets more complicated, there are more and more points of failure. In my case, a piece of metal broke and that smashed a plastic device, somehow making a tiny chip no longer function. Modern life can be great, but this reminds me that we’re often better off keeping things simple, especially where technology is concerned. If something can break, it eventually will. Were we better off before technology got so complicated? As with most things, it’s a tradeoff.
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