I don't even know what to title this post ...

... but the video below explains every impulse behind my urge to technoSabbatarianism.

If you have 20 minutes, sit down and watch this. Like all TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) speakers, Susan Blackmore does an excellent job weaving together some high level, interdisciplinary thoughts in an accessible short speech. But this ... this ... is like nothing I've ever heard before.



What she embraces as a whole vision of reality is capable of sustaining itself as a world view because it a) can not only account for the phenomena but also go head to head with other world views, b) is stable enough to adapt to change, and c) is visionary enough to inspire allegiance and devotion.

But it is scary as Hell - maybe even scarier.

When you get a chance to listen to it, pay close attention to her language and the way she is re-shaping reality.

I'll post some of my thoughts on this soon, but please comment on what you think.

4 comments:

CAUGHTNOTTAUGHT said...

Looking forward to your thoughts!
ED...

Jeff said...

i just finished watching the video and still working thinking through some of it.

I have a couple of questions.

1) What are third generation replicators? Technology based ideas? The technology itself?

2) how do 3rd generation replicators get replicated without the humans? What might that look like?

Paul & Beth said...

ok...I listened to 15 minutes of it...have other things to do...
It's a bit beyond me...had my head spinning with all that talk of "meems" (I am sure that's not how it's spelled, but I don't have the desire to go back and find out.) I do get the SCARY part!

Simply, Beth

CAUGHTNOTTAUGHT said...

http://balsbaugh7.blogspot.com/2008/11/susan-blackmores-ted-talk-response-part.html is where your response is.