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Masthead Weekly 07.26.19

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What to Know: “Sensible” Diapers

By Sidney Fussell

What we’re watching: If a know-how is “good,” that merely means it might file knowledge (normally through sensors), ship that knowledge to servers, and adapt to a person’s habits over time. The Lumi’ baby-monitoring system, which features a digital camera, microphone, and removable diaper sensor that sends alerts to your (the guardian’s, not the newborn’s) smartphone when it detects moisture, is sensible.

I’m attempting to see the brilliant facet of good tech, however then one thing foolish like this comes alongside. I’m not a guardian, however I am working inside a second of main change in journalism. I write about surveillance—in regards to the regular creep of knowledge colonialism, or how know-how is amassing knowledge from each side of our lives: good TVs that watch us again, dwelling audio system that publicize meals once they hear chewing, doorbells with eyes, and so forth. These gadgets gobble knowledge, however I’m looking for a steadiness between alarm and composure by specializing in the methods good merchandise can enrich our lives. The good diaper, although, solely encourages cynicism, as a result of it treats parenting—one of the vital human experiences—like another mundane job to be hacked. The advert for Lumi even showcases a dashboard app detailing “what you must learn about your child at a look.” (Pampers didn’t reply instantly to a request for remark.)

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Sidney Fussell is a workers author at The Atlantic, the place he covers know-how.


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