Reign of the Techno-Nanny

What this means is that living up to our acknowledged preferences can be much more difficult than we think. Maybe a helping hand is what we need.

Mobile technologies seem to offer a way to counter the biases when those bias threaten to hinder our decisionmaking.

But before we eagerly welcome such technologies, we should consider the consequences of apps that serve as our moral guide, guardian, caretaker, and assistant.

To focus entirely on all the ways that these future smartphones will make our lives better belies any of the serious problems that may accompany the ubiquity of personal technologies — problems like the phones directing our actions and harming our moral faculties.