My mobile’s battery is currently at sixteen percent. On my mobile’s battery bar I noticed quite a while ago that when the battery was low, an icon in the shape of a heart appeared over the battery icon itself.
I thought: “How I would have liked to have been in on the design conference which decided on a heart. How sweet; how un-Silicon-Valley-like; how imperatively humane; how, simply, nice.”
A heart: a symbol of unbound love; unremitting affection; often unbroken honesty, despite circumstances, too. An instinct to caring for the less fortunate amongst us, above all. An impulse to act out sacrifice for the altruistic good of others.
A heart that was there to care for our smartphones: for our photos, our messages, our contacts and our music.
In essence, for everything that forms the identity of modern men, women and children.
How glassy-eyed I became, just thinking about the implications.
Except, not long ago, on closer examination, I realised it was really a shield.
What does that say about Silicon Valley, now?
What does that say about us?