Neo-Luddite is used to describe those who are considered to be anti-technology, or those who dislike or have a difficult time understanding and using modern science and technology.

Now, I am a passionate geek, who uses technology and enjoys using it. Writing code, using softwares, tweaking my gadgets — all of this excites me and gives me happiness.

However, often I am quite afraid of the future. I often ponder as to how technology eliminated the need of human muscles in the previous centuries, and how in this century pretty soon human brains are going to be weeded out soon. But, I do not actively protest against it. I use it actively, even teach people around me. But, consciously, I know that this world is going into a deep state of shit where humans are going to be completely useless.

So, what would one call me? Can I call myself neo-luddite? Or is there any other term?

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    You can call yourself whatever you want to -- no one's going to be filing a libel suit against you. And terms like "neo-luddite" have no "hard" definition, so no one can really claim that you're being inaccurate. – Hot Licks Sep 30 '15 at 20:07
  • @HotLicks Yeah, I suppose these terms don't have precise definitions. But still, neo-luddites give a feel of the 18th centuries' luddites destroying factories (so, a new-luddite "feels" to be destroying data servers and all). Just saying. – shivams Sep 30 '15 at 20:14
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    Are you trying to give Luddites a bad name? I wear the label with pride. – Hot Licks Sep 30 '15 at 20:22
  • Haha, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna wear it too :) Anyways, I am just asking if the invocation of "mild violence" is true. Does this word invoke that kind of image in general public's mind? – shivams Sep 30 '15 at 20:28
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    I don't think the modern conception of "Luddite" includes a propensity to violence. In fact, something the opposite -- more a tendency to stubbornly yet passively resist, eg, using a smart phone. – Hot Licks Sep 30 '15 at 20:33

The Wikipedia article on Neo-luddism seems to confirm that "neo-luddite" is appropriate. But, this term is not very usual.

You are also a technosceptic.

Definition : A person who will highlight all the potential negative effects of a technological development. Unlike the technophobe, the technosceptic is not against technology per se, but wants to see evidence of how it will bring about advantages.

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  • Thanks for the technosceptic term. I was unaware of it. It appears to be quite appropriate :) – shivams Sep 30 '15 at 20:08
  • If you think this answer is correct, you should accept it :) – faraza Oct 1 '15 at 6:24

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