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When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of Our Infatuation With New Technologies by Robert Vamosi

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INTRODUCTION
Why Gadgets Betray Us
In the seconds before the Pembroke-Swansea special came barreling down the railroad tracks to crush her car, Paula Ceely sensed something was wrong. Shortly after nightfall, the twenty-year-old college student had gotten out of her car in the pouring rain to open a gate blocking the road ahead. Ceely had used a borrowed TomTom mobile GPS unit to navigate the nearly 150 miles of rural road from Redditch, Worcestershire, in England, to her boyfriend’s parents’ house in Carmarthenshire, in Wales. It was her first visit. Judging by the illuminated GPS display on the dashboard gadget, Ceely was just a few miles shy of her final destination, and the road ahead should have been clear. When Ceely started opening what ...

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