GPS is systematically exterminating our sense of direction.
It's given me a sense of direction.
When I first started driving in 1990 I was making wrong turns in my hometown on a regular basis, and couldn't tell you whether the roads I was on went north-south or east-west. Having a GPS actually helps me learn these things so that, after a few trips with its assistance, I have a much better sense of where things are relative to other things and how to get there with or without GPS. And it gives me confidence that, if I do take a wrong turn and get lost, I can get back to familiar territory and turn it off again.
We are offloading some of our processes to devices that are better at it. How is that a bad thing? Does the author also believe calculators were a mistake, accounting should be done with an abacus and paper-and-pencil ledgers, and people with poor vision shouldn't wear corrective glasses?
“a world in which knowledge is limited only by one's curiosity / a virtual Wild West, where the masses indulge their darkest vices
It's both. Any predictions that it would be some kind of pure and innocent intellectual utopia were foolish and ignored history, basic human nature, and the predictions of several science fiction writers.
As far as technology enabling overwork: no. I work 8 hours Monday through Friday and I go home and it doesn't follow me. The only time I am contacted outside of work is by telephone, telling me I don't have to come in due to inclement weather.
The internet doesn't bring interruptions unless you let it. Twitter is entertainment, not a drop-everything emergency. Email can wait, that's one of its virtues.
The reason we have overwork and unemployment is not Snapchat or voicemail. It's capitalism. For good or ill, we can't ensure that everyone has what they need and then relax -- we have to make increasingly more things to be consumed
or until the whole system falls apart. Leisure is not a virtue in our economic system, sadly.