The Technium

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I like this flip on our typical way of looking at technology. It also reminds me of Daniel Dennet’s narrative of the ant moving up and down a blade of grass – it’s mind had been “taken over” by a parasite – the ant hadbecome a vehicle for the parasite’s goals.

Kevin Kelly titled his post: “Humans Are the Sex Organs of Technology”:

“I claim that technology has its own agenda. What is the evidence that technology as a whole, or the technium as I call it, is autonomous? Because without autonomy, one could argue, how can something have its own agenda? I have three parts to my answer.First, I believe that a system can have an agenda even when it depends upon another system to remain viable. Let’s take the human mind and human culture. Obviously humans are animals, and just another creature of evolution. As a mammal, we must obey the rules of biology. We are part of the trajectory of living tissue: our flesh must breathe, metabolize, mate, excrete, and eventually die. The agenda of our bodies is exactly the agenda of any other animal body.”

Source: Kevin Kelly — The Technium…………………..
Daniel Montano
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Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect

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