Weekend Thoughts - 8.26.17

Image  by  Denis De Mesmaeker , courtesy of  Creative Commons  licensing.

Image by Denis De Mesmaeker, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. A manifesto arguing for technology fasting to combat Internet addictions was published this week on a website that can only be viewed offline. It's an intriguing use of a web browser feature that recognizes when the user has disconnected their Wi-Fi connection. After clicking the link, disconnect your Wi-Fi (or go into Airplane Mode, if you're on a mobile device) and give it a read. It's short—about two minutes—but it's a nice reminder that it can be beneficial to take a break from technology from time to time.

2. If you've ever avoiding composting or recycling an item because you weren't sure if it was recyclable or not, a new recycling system designed to recognize what you're throwing away may be just what you need. The company designing these smart bins envisions a future where you'll be rewarded via a phone app with points or a charitable donation when you use the bins. This really warms my heart, because it's a perfect example of how technology can be used to further environmentalist causes.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.