If the idea of self-limiting tools seems antithetical to technology and capitalism, let me suggest that we already build them. A search engine is a self-limiting tool. As is an online dating site. When these tools succeed, people leave the site. Video games and TVs, on the other hand, are self-reinforcing. Their use doesn’t lead to disuse; their use leads to more use.
The more self-reinforcing a tool is, the more we likely we are to use it at our own expense. On the other hand, the more self-limiting a tool is, the more likely it is to die out.
The key is to find the balance."
Natural Limits - Sep Kamvar
I’m a massive fan of (self) limitation/constraints as I find them tremendously useful in many aspects of life. This well written piece struck a chord with me. HT @aweissman for the discovery.