Super Selfie Sense

Book Talk – Chapter 8

To Save Everything, Click Here:  The Folly of Technological Solutionism

by Evgeny Morozov

“The Superhuman Condition”

Nietzsche could not have foreseen the effect of technology on the concept of the Übermensch, or the superman.  One could argue that our reality truly became three dimensional once we were able to fluidly access cinematography.   As if human life was animalistic, or two dimensional and rather flat, reality prior to video and the “instant replay” rests in two eyes viewing an object, two ears echo-locating a tone, two hands feeling something.  Mystical powers divined from “third eye” thinking reveal new definitions when deconstructed.  Whatever psychic or supernatural ways of perceiving, tiny cameras embedded in all sorts of devices signal a major shift in human sensory.

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SenseCam could be a yoke of oppression if we want it to be.  Or we can recognize this as one initial step in the evolution of humans externalizing our minds through material prosthesis.  Ever-present access to “instant replay” video of life allows one to curb the flow of time.  We bend the arrow of time and shoot a boomerang of time.  Let’s not cull an infinite shelf space.  Museums are pleasing to stroll through because things tend to be curated, promoted, and exhibited.  Curation eats time, yet an algorithmic diet that auto-edits our life’s “instant replay” feed could be trans-dimensional.

Except, natural memories do not cost us as much as renting space in the cloud.  Digital data banks rival money banks of brick and mortar past.  Socioeconomic stratification, a virtual gentrification of life’s essence haunts the present mind just as home ownership once did.  Will your digital afterlife be broadcast in HD, or could you not afford such quality?

“Once the difference between preserving and remembering has been established, one can trace how the former could undermine the latter.  It might be that as more is preserved, less is remembered.”  (Page 278)

“To expect Silicon Valley to embrace such high levels of cultural paternalism in a responsible manner seems premature.”  (Page 290)

Engineered serendipity may never capture the bewilderment that plagues our minds.

“…it might be a mistake to think that better, faster, cheaper communications will solve the problem of communication, if only because misunderstanding might be a permanent feature of the human condition—and perhaps for good reasons.”  (Page 293)

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12 thoughts on “Super Selfie Sense

  1. Hi mtinewsman it seems in your article you are talking about how technology can help humans,such as its benefits and cons.I like the quote “it might be a mistake to think that better, faster, cheaper communications will solve the problem of communication” I agree we can not rely completely on technology since technology is not totally reliable and can break at any time.

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  2. This article is about people with technology and how it helps people now a days.Also theirs many bad things about people using technology to.People like technology to find jobs,information,an also talk to people through a social network.The bad thing about technology is people depend on it to much when at anytime it can mess up itself or you can mess it up easly.If it mess up than you have to wast your time an money on getting it fix.

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  3. Now days people rely to much on technology. If technology was to fail today some would not know what to do. As a society we rely to much on it, at any time technology can crash many businesses will not know how to operate and same with many people. Technology does make life better but does not require us to rely on it to communicate or operate.Techonology will become more advanced and cheaper and faster and it will become a bigger part of our daily lives more than it already is, by then it will be to late.

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  4. Were forming a generation and a world that has grew up with technology and soon their will be no more humans that were born into the world without technology so having a whole species who doesnt know what its like to live without something that could disapear in a blink of an eye is not healthy for its survival. Technology is great and helps us so much in our everyday life and we have advanced so much because of it. But it may be technology that causes our very own extinction.

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  5. According to said article america relies on technology to much. America is going into a technological age. The more we invent the more things rely on technology. houses, businesses, and many other things will eventually rely on computer ioperated systems and what will happen if those systems fail. America falls into a compleate black out and many peaople wont know what to do.

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  6. Earlier this week, my partner and i wrote out a long series of notes for our Economics class. When we got back today to print them out, they were no where to be found… Technology is one of the worlds greates inventions. It helps from small day to day problems, to big life or death problems. It helps us keep in contact with family members, no matter where in the world they are. It allows us to have access to an unlimited amount of information. We are in the information era, however, what happens if it all fails? This article helps to see that we as a society depend too much on technology. For example, my intro to this comment, if would have had a hard copy first, then losing all my work wouldn’t have been a big deal. Now on a larger scale, what would happen if technology as a whole fails. we would be sent so far back in history, we would have no idea how to live. They even make TV shows about the possibilities, “Reveolution” is a seires about a global blackout that took away any and all forms of technology. Many people wouldn’t be able to survive, becasue without technology they have no praticle skills to help them through life. Like buliding skills, camping skills ect. So where as technology is a big support to humans, it’s becoming a crutch. And if that crutch is kicked out from under us, there is nothing keeping us from hitting the ground.

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  7. In America today we rely on technology for almost everything we do. Technology has grown for years now and the more that it grows the more that people need to depend on it to get through life

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  8. If technology was to fail, people would go crazy! They wouldnt know what the hell to do. Technology is the worlds best mistake. Yea it may help us with keepin track of documents and stuff like that, but in the end its keepin us from the outside world. its teachin us that its alright to rely on technology which is bad in the long run.

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  9. A lot of people can not live with out technology. i believe if we didnt have half of the things we have today the world would be alot different . i think there wouldnt be as much violoence or as many problems . i believe it would be a little more peace but dont get me wrong technolgy has helped out alot to we probably wouldnt have found many cures without it!!

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  10. This article is about people with technology and how it helps people now a days.If technology was to fail, people would go crazy! I think there wouldnt be as much violoence or as many problems . i believe it would be a little more peace in the world if there was ever to be a lost of technology.

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  11. People today rely too much on technology. If technology was to fail today some wouldn’t know what to do, but for some people their lives would end because the internet is their world. As a society, we rely to much on it, at any time technology can crash many businesses will not know how to operate and same with many people. Technology does make life better but in some cases it makes life easier.Techonology will become more advanced and cheaper and faster and it will become a bigger part of our daily lives more than it already is.

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  12. Technology is a nesessity this day and age. We rely on it so much that if it was gone then we would panic. Yes there are people out there that say they don’t need it but everyone uses some form of technology. There is nothing wrong with technology but we need not rely on it because if you do then you forget all the things that are important. Technology is rapidly growing and if we don’t learn to control our usage of it, then it might be too late.

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