I’m not saying that we’re definitely headed for a tech-induced apocalypse. Nor am I arguing that an epidemical screen-obsession has enabled our smart devices to turn the human race into an army of docile app dogs serving at the behest of our techno-overlords. I’m merely suggesting that if those statements turn out to be true, we might look back at the rise of apps that help you care for houseplants as a key indicator that humanity was about to jump the shark. Molly McHugh in The Ringer: The Appification of Plants Is Helping Owners Keep Them Alive. For those reckless rebels willing to venture forth unarmed and old school into the complex world of keeping houseplants alive, I’d suggest you start with soil, sunlight, and water. (But in the spirit of full disclosure, I admit that I had to google that…)