In America I had arranged with a gramophonefirm to make some of my music. Thissuggested the idea that I should composesomething whose length should bedetermined by the capacity of the record. Igor Stravinsky (1925)
Being digital liberates us from one format tyranny. Our habits lockus in.
Determinism: techno or otherwise
Controlled by convenience
Is technology smart?
Man vs Machine
Egyptian wood & leather prosthetic toe (ca1069 to 664 B.C)
Portrait of Hugh de Provence (1352)
Swedish telephonec:a 1896
Writing as external memories
"Our gadgets have eliminated the needto remember such things anymore." Foer Joshua
…you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; theywill be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they willappear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will betiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality. Plato – The Phaedrus (ca 370 bc)
Douglas AdamsAnything that is in the world when you’reborn is normal and ordinary and is just anatural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
Authorship & copyright are inventions of technology
Exodus 20:14THE WICKED BIBLE (1631)
”It was as if a light hadbeen Nookd in a carvedand painted lantern....” Tolstoj War & Peace
Blogger 1999Google 1999 End of communications monopoly
"Out of this anarchy…what was governingthe infinite monkeysnow inputting away onthe Internet was thelaw of digitalDarwinism, the survivalof the loudest and mostopinionated.”Andrew Keen: Cult of the amateur(2007)
Normalizing the abnormal
Optimism: conversation& convenience
This is not a phone
The end of boredom
“My fear is that thesetechnologies areinfantilising the brain intothe state of small childrenwho are attracted bybuzzing noises and brightlights, who have a smallattention span and wholive for the moment.”Prof. Susan Greenfield
Truman show delusion
My awesome coffee
Stimuli or relations
"If we dont teach our children to be alone all theywill be is lonely" Sherry Turkle
All the world’s knowledge
Imagine a world in which every singleperson on the planet is given freeaccess to the sum of all humanknowledge. Jimmy Wales
Surplus is harder to deal with scarcity...
Brain candy vs useful information
The end of curiosity
Private or Personal
What wordfeud did
Not addiction but tics
Technostress & Insomnia
Who is in control?
Only technology(spot the ethical dilemma?)
Control in digital world Law Contextual &programmed social rules Architecture Control in analogue world
if youre not paying for something,youre not the customer; youre theproduct being sold
BubblesThe Filter Bubble (Eli Pariser 2011)
the daily meCass Sunstein Republic.com (2002)
What does it all mean?
Can we quit? If we quitwill we have deepthoughts?
Choice kills? The Net Delusion (Evgeny Morosov 2011)
Old stupidity ornew intelligence?
It is absurd to talk of one animal beinghigher than another…we consider those,where the intellectual faculties mostdeveloped as the highest. – A beedoubtless would [use] … instincts as acriteria. Charles Darwin
Are those of us who remember the analogueage fortunate orunfortunate?
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