Technology has negatively impacted every aspect of the modern human existence. It’s left no stone unturned. It’s broken politics, communities, the economy and the environment. Our society lies in tatters due to the inaction of those culpable of this upheaval: software engineers and those who guide them.
There was still hope as the tech industry wobbled into the new millennium, licking our wounds from the dot-com bubble bursting at the end of the 1990s. We have learnt our lesson. We still had some things to learn before we could try and sell everything online, so we turned our codey little fingers to other endeavours.
DISRUPTION was the battle cry. Technological innovations were meant to save the world; between 2000 and 2010, the world changed. Apple launched the iPod, quickly followed by the iPhone, and it would change forever how we interact with the internet — and each other. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube launched, irreparably changing how media would be consumed by the masses while manifesting the “algorithm” that would influence all our lives. Bitcoin launched and promised disruption of the banking industry, taking the power away from the institutional banks. Similarly, Uber ushered in the dawn of a new platform economy where everyone could sell their services to everyone else.