The Machines Are Making Us More Human

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My slide.deck from Jo'burg's first TEDx. On the counterintuitive evidence that our deep interactions with the web is making us MORE human.. and opening up a peculiar new subspace. A dimension that we all tap into, that has a different time.space dimension.

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The Machines Are Making Us More Human

  1. 1. Once upon a time..
  2. 2. TIME space
  3. 3. realtime TIME spacerld alwo Re
  4. 4. unripened thought EDIT ^ We commit differently with an undo button
  5. 5. weapons of mass distraction
  6. 6. amusing ourselves to death What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.
  7. 7. WE ARE READING AGAIN
  8. 8. heroism re.emerges ..because we know you’re watching
  9. 9. where do I end ..
  10. 10. WHERE ARE THE EDGES? extending our reach beyond the screen
  11. 11. you are X here
  12. 12. 2.0 this shall pass
  13. 13. no Ritalin users, yet
  14. 14. I was here
  15. 15. CLICK “It used to be you would get on the train with junior- high-school girls and it would be noisy as hell with all their chatting,” Yumiko Sugiura, a journalist who writes about Japanese youth culture, told me. “Now it’s very quiet—just the little tapping of thumbs.”

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