My interest in technology has been changing. My enthusiasm has waned. I am not even interested in being critical. I am simply not finding technology interesting on any level. Not even open source. I think open source already accomplished its purpose of inspiring changes in society and becoming a model in various levels, outside the technological background in which it was born. From being a technological philosophy and a way of doing things, it became a way of being in the world and its influence started to permeate to every corner of society: we witnessed the beginning of open source culture with multiple examples happening in the musical domain; the beginning of open source design movements; the raise and present battle of open science, in particular referring to biological research, and the ball seems to be bouncing already in the political terrain: open politics. Open politics can be the ultimate goal for open source: the creation of a free and open society. But we are still at the beginning of this process of political transformation, which seems to be resisting strongly, even though some attempts have already been flourishing here and there. Technology is moving away, receding to the background, to allow ourselves to be confronted with our every day life as individuals and societies. We are being confronted again with our basics. We don’t need any more sophisticated gadgets. We are not amazed by how small or fast they can be. Not surprised by any shape, texture or aesthetic. Not even about how easy they can be attached to the Web. If technology was once the answer, I think that we have forgotten what the question was.
Thank you to Roberta Buiani for inviting me to take part in her experiment. I will be showing a short video piece at the Subtletechnologies festival inspired by ideas of immortality and the “singularity”.
Presentation by Veronica Hollinger
How does science fiction address the problems and promises of longevity and immortality? I will start with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and then focus on some of science fiction’s current obsessions with posthuman bodies, alternative platforms for mind, and the possibilities for living after the Singularity. As the literature of technologically saturated societies, science fiction is one way of thinking critically about the politics, ethics, and social implications of techno-scientific developments. The achievement of significant longevity, even if not true immortality, promises radical social revolution. “We will be different” is one of science fiction’s favourite stories.
Image: The James Webb Space Telescope primary mirrors. Source
“The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope. The project is working to a 2018 launch date. Webb will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Webb will peer through dusty clouds to see stars forming planetary systems, connecting the Milky Way to our own Solar System. Webb’s instruments will be designed to work primarily in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum, with some capability in the visible range.”
Un programa de Inteligencia Artificial desarrollado por investigadores de la Universidad de Montana analiza y evalúa cada 12 segundos los datos enviados por el Solar Dynamics Observatory, misión lanzada por la NASA en febrero del año pasado.
El objetivo es poder evaluar el posible surgimiento de una explosión solar antes de que ocurra y poder avisar a satélites y humanos (especialmente astronautas) para que tomen medidas preventivas.
“Three self-portraits, each possessing an animal, vegetable, or mineral mind, debate the nature of violence with each other, and discuss their fears – generally their fears about each other. They also wonder about “that thing” before them, and we hear how they project their own interior worlds onto it in an attempt to figure out what it really is. Although they hear each other, nothing seems to penetrate or influence their ideas; no matter what the subject matter discussed, they eventually return to their own interests and fixed ideas. (2004).” More info
Hace poco me encontré de nuevo con el trabajo de Ken Feingold. Por alguna razón lo tenía olvidado y creo que es uno de los referentes más interesantes que conozco en el tema del uso tecnológico y computacional combinado con una profunda reflexión existencial. Gran parte de su obra es autoreferencial, presentando una visión aguda y crítica sobre el ser humano y su proceso de comprensión del mundo.