Sunday, June 4, 2017
On emotional connection.......................or,
.........................................hoping computers stay unmotivated:
David Foster Wallace once said, "If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish." In many ways, this is very true. If you never get bored, you'd be a step closer to being a computer. Computers do all kinds of boring things for us, and they do them quite well and very quickly. Computers don't need game mechanics. They don't get bored or unmotivated. Yet we are designing offices as if we were machines - but we're not. Jane McGonigal, a researcher and game designer, argues that by its very nature, efficiency entails removing game mechanics form the design of labor. In other words, we're taking the fun out of it.
Karl Marx was wrong about a lot of things in economics, but we're now realizing he was also right about some stuff. When you remove people's emotional connection to their labor and treat them merely as machines that produce efforts, it's soul killing.
-Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong