Among new waves of technology, some things shouldn’t change

(Molly Quinn / The Spokesman-Review)

In early July, Princeton University researchers unveiled for reporters a human looking ear they created on a 3-D printer.

Ah, human ears.

We kiss the gentle folds of an infant’s ears and marvel at the two tiny miracles. Ears sometimes stick out funny in young boys and girls until they grow into them.

In adolescence, ears turn red with embarrassment. In our older years, as most everything else stops growing, our ears widen and elongate.

And now, even ears have been digitized. What’s next?

Spokesman-Review illustrator Molly Quinn, a boomer, recently brainstormed some items and experiences that can never be digitized – or never should be, even if possible.

What would digital toilet paper do to our humanity, for instance?

Ponder today her artistic expression, as seen in the illustration, of things best experienced with the senses that defy digitizing – taste, smell and touch.


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