Will technology make us stupid?Presentation Transcript
Will technology make us stupid?Mathias Klang @klang67
technology we use to organize our lives controls us
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)
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.
…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)
How did weend up here?
Living thecyborg dream
Man & 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
Ludicrously brief history of computers
Generation 3 (1964-72)
The digital is the original & everything is copy
Killer apps 1995: Browser wars
Everything is miscellaneous
91 % Access to the Internet at home83 % Access to broadband at home7% Never used a computerSource: Sweden Statistics 2011 (*Individuals aged 16-74)
Blogger 1999Google 1999 End of communications monopoly
Normalizing the abnormal
This is not a phone
“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
My awesome coffee
Social Networks & Dunbar’s 150
Stimuli or relations
Mourning online: or what’s so great about meeting people?
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
Waiting by THE phone
Only 30 kg
The end of boredom
digital liberates us, habits lock us in.
Only technology(spot the ethical dilemma?)
if youre not paying for something,youre not the customer; youre theproduct being sold
Controlled by convenience
Are those of us who remember the analogueage fortunate orunfortunate?
Mathias Klang firstname.lastname@example.org or @klang67 www.digital-rights.netImage & licensing info in the notes section of slides. Images at www.flickr.com (or specifically stated). This ppt licensed: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Download presentation www.slideshare.net/klang