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Technophobia: Fearsome phobias from A to Z




Many books, movies and television programs in recent decades have featured computers, machines, robots, and other technologies that took on human (or animal) traits and became dangerous or destructive (or both). Popular examples include Avatar, D.A.R.Y.L., Frankenstein, Runaway, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Iron Giant, The Matrix Trilogy, The Terminator, and Wall-E.

That’s a scary prospect, even in science fiction forms. Some people believe such scenarios may actually be possible, and they’re terrified at the idea.



Technophobia is the fear of technology.

This fear focuses on advanced and complex technology, perhaps primarily because of its unfamiliarity and the speed at which new developments tend to occur. Suppose, out of fear or suspicion, someone resists replacing his or her personal audio devices, phones, computers, tablets, video game consoles, or other devices – or even using such tools. That person may be technophobic.

Some technophobic individuals seem to be scared that technological devices may destroy their data, automatically self-destruct, trace their whereabouts, monitor their daily lives, or otherwise invade their personal privacy somehow.

Wherever the limit of artificial intelligence may be, technophobia is a very real fear for those who have it.


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