Forbes October 31, 2018
Heather Farmbrough

Is technology a way to solve problems, or is it a way for organizations a way to make us do their work? The banks, for instance, have dressed up online services as providing customers with 24-hour service, while effectively making us do quite a lot of their work so they could lay off employees and close branches.

But when technology solves our problems, it is just so useful. Last month, the app Spenderlog launched an automated shopping list that will automatically adjust to your personal preferences and lifestyle goals, by analyzing your receipts, whether that is eating more fruit and vegetables, leaving out ready-cooked meals or spending your money more carefully. You don’t even have to think.

Even in countries with good...