Amish Hackers

The Tech­ni­um: Amish Hack­ers:

The Amish have the unde­served rep­u­ta­tion of being lud­dites, of peo­ple who refuse to employ new tech­nol­o­gy. It’s well know the strictest of them don’t use elec­tric­i­ty, or auto­mo­biles, but rather farm with man­u­al tools and ride in a horse and bug­gy. In any debate about the mer­its of embrac­ing new tech­nol­o­gy, the Amish stand out as offer­ing an hon­or­able alter­na­tive of refusal. Yet Amish lives are any­thing but anti-tech­no­log­i­cal. In fact on my sev­er­al vis­its with them, I have found them to be inge­nious hack­ers and tin­kers, the ulti­mate mak­ers and do-it-your­selfers and sur­pris­ing­ly pro tech­nol­o­gy.

Fas­ci­nat­ing arti­cle.

(Via Kevin Kel­ly.)