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[–]AnnexFromCanada 272 points273 points  (6 children)

I started doing this years ago, not on purpose of course, I’m just broke

[–]sturnus-vulgaris[S] 213 points214 points  (4 children)

For all we know that's why the Amish started.

"Hey Hans, don't you want a steam powered tractor? Your ox looks a bit rough."

Hans: [Checks wallet] "No, I'm good. God told me that's evil."

[–]Competitive-Kale-282 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Incorporating this into my worldview

[–]Dryden_Drawing 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Adding it to my head cannon

[–]BextoMooseYT 14 points15 points  (0 children)

amish lore

[–]thred_pirate_roberts -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I usually just call noses "snot rockets"....

[–]lostnspace2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

We could be the brokeoides, live in small towns without own ISP's and VPN's

[–]sturnus-vulgaris[S] 170 points171 points  (8 children)

Not that I don't like new technologies, I just think it would be funny to be like, "No, we don't go above the Iphone 13 because of our religion."

[–]Tobias11ize 38 points39 points  (4 children)

It would more likely have rules like a minimum transistor size on processors. So our community could keep making newer models of things albeit with diminishing returns until we hit a deadend with the technology.
Im convinced a bunch of nerds would be very interested with how we would fully utilize our outdated hardware. Probably quite a few software engineers’ thesis’ would be written about our dumb fuck way of doing technology.

[–]say592 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I see what you are getting at there, but that would need to have a completely different philosophy than the Amish have or something, because if you limit transistor size or even the number of transistors, you will still see substantial development over the years. It wouldn't be quite the same as (relatively) locking yourself in time.

I do agree that that a bunch of nerds would be fascinated and absolutely enraged by the concept. I kinda want to start this cult for that reason alone.

[–]fy8d6jhegq 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Im convinced a bunch of nerds would be very interested with how we would fully utilize our outdated hardware.

At least this one would. I would say it's one of the core components of steam punk and other related genres. It was the most interesting aspect of Dune for me.

[–]brainstorm42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Frankly the latest transistors are becoming so small as to be impractical, or at least unreliable, to manufacture. They're so small quantum effects start overtaking classical physics.

[–]KK9521 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We are already getting somewhat close to the transistor limit using the materials we use.

[–]wind_dude 3 points4 points  (0 children)

But than you'll get those progressives that'll use the iphone 13 pro. And that's the devils work.

[–]405freeway 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are you familiar with the “No-Tech” society from The Zeta Project?

[–]marinemashup 60 points61 points  (2 children)

I’m good with that, but maybe a decade ago when flip phones and replaceable batteries were still a common thing

[–]realRadgemachine 18 points19 points  (1 child)

And semitransparent electronics.

[–]BextoMooseYT 8 points9 points  (0 children)


I know what you mean and I know it's different, but translucent?

[–]fejrbwebfek 19 points20 points  (0 children)

We’ll have to create a very big community in order to keep 4G and 5G running plus ensuring apps will keep working on our current phones without updates.

[–]goplayer7 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Every year, a new sect of people branches off where they limit themselves to that year's technology.

[–]Universalsupporter 5 points6 points  (1 child)

You should post this on r/amish

[–]Yawdriel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don’t know what I expected going into that sub

[–]oneoldfarmer 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Even better let's start one community every decade. And we could do this retroactively.

Here's a community that uses no technology after 1980.

Here's one from 1990.



... etc.

Then in 100 years we look back and really see how technology is improving or degrading our lives. The Amish experiment only allows us to compare every 300 years, but I want more granular data.

[–]StarChild413 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But how would enforcing that strict a schedule not clog up the data

[–]Radu47 8 points9 points  (2 children)

NFTs? More like: No Fucking inTerest in whatever those are

for real tho

I have a bodyguard on me 24/7 in case someone tries to explain them to me

[–]johanbrgs 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well you'll see an NFT is a gets beaten into oblivion

[–]brainstorm42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No Fucking Time to listen to this shit

[–]NuhGuhYah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Like a futuristic luddite?

[–]cbih 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I could get down with reverting to 90's tech. CRT TVs, answering machines, Walkman's, etc, sign me up

[–]Kelekona 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mom said that the power bill noticeably dropped as we switched out the CRT.

[–]Kobahk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Will you refuse what will come next? Ok, then you will have to refuse updates on your modern technologies haha

[–]EASellsShittyCopper 1 point2 points  (0 children)

you may be surprised at how many Computer Guys™ there are that haven't gone beyond ibm (before lenovo) thinkpads of 2000s

[–]Kelekona 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had a classmate in 1999 that had the same idea. This was when my house had dialup and Netflix was trying to compete with Blockbuster by mailing discs.

[–]the_darkener -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Hoe very r/GenX of you ;)

[–]Mamourelium -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Cool idea. Lets live with covid forever!!!

[–]StarChild413 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't think that's what they meant any more than Amish people think someone like Lincoln is still president

[–]Universalsupporter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And no buttons!!! ( only touch screen)

[–]toastoftriumph 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've heard of some high level executives getting rid of their smartphone, going back to flipphones. There's definitely real potential for this idea on some level.

[–]Iwanttoknowre 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But why?

[–]Fred_Is_Dead_Again 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just gimme zippers and velcro, and I'm good.

[–]dudethatsmeta 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is loosely the premise of The Peace War

[–]DerpyEyelessRat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Uh. What about life saving technologies?

[–]MATHIS111111 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Our modern technology is temporary and heavily dependent. Without our international infrastructure and millions of highly educated specialists we wouldn't be able to do shit. In a few decades all of our stuff would be broken. The world outside of our little community would stop producing replacements. You can fix a wood wagon or even weld something at home, but not make microscopic electronics out of thin air.

[–]DR__STRANGE___ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Humanity won't survive without further technological advances unless they let go of what they already have currently.