“Tech is like the tobacco industry.”

Tech is no longer the coolest industry

#Internet

Fri, Nov 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The New York Times, David Brooks opines that with the tech sector creating invasive, monopolistic, and manipulative systems that are ruining real-life human interaction, they are comparable to the tobacco industry: making millions of dollars on a harmful addiction. Now might be a good time for them to come clean.

Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry — corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe it is like the N.F.L. — something millions of people love, but which everybody knows leaves a trail of human wreckage in its wake.

Surely the people in tech — who generally want to make the world a better place — don’t want to go down this road. It will be interesting to see if they can take the actions necessary to prevent their companies from becoming social pariahs.

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