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The internet is chaotic. Is it also boring?

A new essay collection asks not only what the internet has done to our minds—but also how it has affected our souls

By Rebecca Liu  

That the future digital technology has ushered in is not only hell, but also an extremely mediocre hell, animates Roisin Kiberd’s The Disconnect, a new essay collection exploring internet subcultures and intimacy in digital life. Image: Evolution by Daniel Oliva Barbero

With the short but effective biography “the future is NO,” the cult Twitter account @shittyfuture has shared news of a robot, targeted to men, that simulates the feeling of holding a woman’s hand; another business aims to “future proof” your social media accounts after your death by using an “AI based Forever Engine.” The account takes inventions that take all the grand ideals of the tech industry—its love of innovation without end and bright-eyed optimism that technology will finally usher in a future we deserve—and grounds them to dust, revealing instead a wasteland of boring rubbish that takes human…

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