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02008-10-25 | Computer, Internet, Reading | 0 comments

Heads:

I am not the first, nor the only one, to believe a superorganism is emerging from the cloak of wires, radio waves, and electronic nodes wrapping the surface of our planet. No one can dispute the scale or reality of this vast connectivity. What’s uncertain is, what is it? Is this global web of computers, servers and trunk lines a mere mechanical circuit, a very large tool, or does it reach a threshold where something, well, different happens?

Evidence of a Global SuperOrganism – Kevin Kelly — The Technium

Tail:

He was too old for the interet. Not that he didn’t love the sound, a limitless cacophony; it had the tone of the cheapest popular entertainment imaginable performed on a public toilet close to the beaten track. All the sounds in the world. Linked together on the lowest organizational level possible. The con man in each of us adores the internet.

But to go from there to the point of abandoning natural dignity to acquaint oneself with how a computer works is still quite a leap.

The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg

Hm, the internet is a hammer. You can build a house or you can bash a skull in. Intelligence and happiness are in no way releated. At all. And by happiness I do not mean some kind of warm, fuzzy, all is well bliss, but rather an enjoyment and acceptance of all the curveballs that life throws at us… like falling of a cliff, hanging on a vine that is about to break and send you tumbling down a thousand feet – and discovering a berry, the sweetest berry you have ever tasted… I think it funny that so many smart people are staring at the net to find signs of something. Maybe the net is a mirror of our own self, and we see in it what we see in us.

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