Technology is the great equalizer, we are told. Technology will save us all, we are told. It might be assumed that ownership of more technology creates more social mobility and a better life.
The reality is that we are seeing reduced quality-of-life across the board whether you measure it by health or wealth.
Shift Sight believes that technological equity, not equality, is a way to better society. Keep reading to learn more.
We have been working almost every hour of the day to get Shift Sight off the ground. Tonight, I want to share with you some details in most of the categories posted on the Progress page. Some of the items that I have disclosed have a minor broadcast delay.
Who likes making mistakes? Societal institutions and attitudes punish those that make mistakes. Mistakes are forbidden. This is why we hold acts of forgiveness in such high esteem.
I am not advocating that we intentionally make mistakes. I am suggesting that we need to change how we think about and act on them.
Dr. Montessori was on to something when she believed that children need to make mistakes. Adults need to make mistakes too, but with a caveat.
There is a growing movement of individuals who believe that you should own the electronic goods that you purchase. In most cases, you simply get a license to use the device.
With everything from screws that do not come out, to software lockouts / DRM / artificial obsolescence by remote-control, to glued-in batteries, to illegal "warranty void if opened" stickers, it is clear that manufacturers are not on board with you owning or repairing your device.
All of these tactics lead to e-waste and more consumption.
In the industry, there are best practices for Design for Manufacturing (DfM) and Design for Testability (DfT). Shift Sight is pioneering Design for Repair (DfR).
Keep reading to learn more...
Did you see the recent ad suggesting that your family might be drowning in tech? That you should buy less to be happier? Yeah, I didn't see that ad either.
Tonight's post explores how technology – and toward the end of the post, how Jade – affects our most basic social unit in the fabric of humanity: the family. Keep reading...
I hope that you find the new progress page useful! The page does not include dates or deadlines due to our Teal approach: if schedule is your control variable, quality will suffer. As you might expect from us, quality is our preferred control variable.
The recipe for tonight's post has a helping of infrastructure with a pinch of longevity.
Murphy's law is in effect over here. In the face of everything, we do the only reasonable thing: we persist at our best possible speed. And, we continually thank you for your patience.
The team at Shift Sight has gone quackers. We resemble ducks right now: utterly calm on the surface and paddling like mad underneath.
The story I want to tell you about Jade is coming together.
You might have wondered if the Jade logo on the lid is upside-down. It depends on which way is up. The logo choice is intentional: it represents how we feel about you and technology.
Of course, Shift Sight is designing for its customers. This design choice may not live to see production, but let's discuss it.
[I hope that you enjoyed reading about Jade! If you missed the reveal and are only joining us now, please take a look.]
The same story has repeated itself throughout history. A new technology is developed, and we become dependent on it.
Society's current tech trajectory demands infinite electronics because what we have “is never fast enough” or “is never big enough.” The result is e-waste.
Shift Sight intends to bend the tech trajectory at its source. Our current dependence is not sustainable.
Ty is a Founder of Shift Sight, LLC.