Time to Reflect on Junk Products

After reading “Have you tried Junkfood.app” by Dustin Senos, I had similar thoughts on the subject that I wanted to share. Are we connecting or disconnecting the world with the new technology? Is it just a transformation of the way we communicate and what sort of transformation is it? Is it for better or for worse? Finally, why is it happening this way such that we end up with so many junk products.

Let’s look at the bigger picture and think about origins of junk food and junk tech. While junk-products bring some value in return, they compromise on quality. In the case of junk food the price is our long term health and environmental sustainability. However with junk tech, the price is often our time, privacy, security and control. Lately, we see creators shamelessly build addictive products that hook people like a fish in the sea. However, do we really want products that have such low quality? Or are we forced to accept them with no better option in sight? Why do companies continue to make such harmful products?

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” ― Albert Einstein

The Best Is yet to Come

If we change the broken system, we should be able to improve product quality and discourage the creation of junk. By removing the profit incentive, we’ll create a new system that values quality above everything else.

Is blaming the monetary system a real solution? The Venus Project presents an alternative vision of a sustainable new civilization unlike any social system experiment ever done. On top of removing monetary barriers, the project aims to solve unemployment, violent crime, and poverty. It also discusses automation of labor, over-population and a decline in stability of the Earth’s ecosystems. For this to happen it implies a straightforward redesign of our culture and social structure. Of course the project might not be the perfect solution but it’s definitely better than what we have now and its ideas are worth considering. You can learn more about it in the book “The Best That Money Can’t Buy”, by Jacque Fresco.

“Earth is abundant with plentiful resources. Our practice of rationing resources through monetary control is no longer relevant and is counter-productive to our survival.” — Jacque Fresco

I invite you to think, discuss and share solutions to build a better future.

Thanks to Max for help with editing.

Product Designer at Lyft. Previously at Operator and Labdoor.

Product Designer at Lyft. Previously at Operator and Labdoor.