This is going to seem like a huge stretch, but hear me out, because I think operating systems could become a far more powerful tool to help us moderate our own behavior than they now are.
The reason I’m starting with the OS – and it could be any OS – is that it is pervasive, and it is largely within our control. Currently, much of the monitoring that surrounds us is designed to prove wrongdoing or capture information that could be used against us. But what if the OS had the capability to warn out about things that would do us harm?
We’ve now build in virus protection into the OS, something that seemed impossible a decade or so back. Why couldn’t we use something like a modified key logger to provide behavior protection and flag everything from abuse to extreme depression?