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A View from John Maeda

Question of the Day

At the Media Lab, you get asked questions by all kinds of folks: faculty, students, sponsors, and … well … urinals.

  • November 6, 2007


This morning while visiting the “facilities” here on the third floor of the Media Lab, I was confronted with two philosophical questions posed above the urinal by an anonymous party:

Does technology make our lives more/less easy?
And does this contribute to our happiness?


Certainly a good set of questions with which to start one’s day. The answer to the first question is, “Yes. More easy and less easy.” Next one: “Yes. Positively and negatively contributes to our happiness.” Both questions can be answered with, Do both.
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