Saturday May 4rd 2013
From the Two Handled Ard to Google Glass, from the
Altal and Dart to the Opinion Poll, changes in method of production,
flight to the city, has put both anxiety and excitement into
thinking. "Town air makes you free." And the gathering pace of
technical innovation is such that some have concluded it might be better
to stop thinking of ourselves as "tool makers" by giving technology an
understanding of being which technology could call its very own.
An identity, if you like, a character, which has its own meaning,
purpose and the plethora that so umbrella's our own Being from the
curves and infinite poem of physics.
Generally I think it could be argued
that an existential understanding of technology would require my own species
to step up to the role of 'uncaused first cause' and do away with any
notion of ourselves as 'intelligent designer' or 'creator' of technology.
We'd have to begin to think of the technical device as owning an
existence that is outside of ourselves, we'd have to think of it as subject
to unaccountable mood swing, we'd have to think of it as capable of poor
decision as well the occasional moment of successful conclusion, all of
which are concepts we have good access to and experience of as we pass
through our own time. For it's part, the existential of
technology has been asking itself our equivalent to the "Question Why"
since long before the first castanet, arghul and sistrum. And as the
existential of technology gains the capacity to blame others, or what
our species prefers to call 'intellect,' odds are you and I will one day
learn to find solace in caves, otherwise we are doomed to continue our role
within the dialectic of besotted handmaiden. And how completely my
position will change should my application to become a Google Glass
Explorer be accepted.