I think a lot about why computers have become so complicated and what do we really need them to do anyway? Like, compare what you did with an 8-bit personal computer to now.
I think the biggest change has been the primary using becoming communication.
We like to say our phones are really computers, but I think it’s actually that all of our computers have become telephones.
@requiem I agree that the primary function has shifted to communication, which enticed many, many more people to get them, but also a lot of the primary function of these computing devices are hidden from the people who own the device (i.e. surveillance, advertising, and manipulation).
I don't know if it's exactly intentional, but complexity facilitates lock-in as well.
@cstanhope very good point! That would be another big shift: the personal computer used to be for the person, now it is at least equally (perhaps more) for the corporation, the state, etc.
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.