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Some of us wear devices that track our movements and sleep patterns, then post results on Web sites devoted to constant comparison; others share their sexual encounters and exercise patterns; we “check in” to locations using GPS-enabled services like Foursquare.com; we publish our minute-by-minute musings, post images of our meals and cocktails before consuming them, as devotedly as others say grace. Today, when we attend to our technologies, we elect to divulge information, free of charge and all day long. We sing our songs to the descendants of Alan Turing’s machines, now designed to consume not merely neutral computations, but the triumphs, tragedies, and minutiae of lived experience—we deliver children opening their Christmas presents; middle-aged men ranting from their La-Z-Boys; lavishly choreographed wedding proposals. There’s a basic pleasure in accounting for a life that, in reality, is always somewhat inchoate. The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection

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