Can’t Change, Won’t Change

This New Scientist article dicusses the paradoxical Japanese fear of change when it comes to new technology. It’s not a fear of the technology itself, but the change it brings in the way of life…

“I normally pay my water bill through the post office, but recently I missed a payment and had to go to the water company’s local office. Some 30 people were busily working head-down in a 19th-century sort of way, moving mounds of paper from in-trays to out-trays or into nearby wastepaper baskets. Strangely absent was the hum of computers or clicking of keyboards. No eyes strained at desktop monitors. In fact the office was devoid of information technology of any recognisable kind. “

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