VISIONS OF THE FUTURE
Most turn on a Fork in the Road
But today, focus on SYSTEM technology is embedded in
Futuristic visions illuminate that system
That is because they are built on CRITIQUE of current social relations
Gadgets are cool
But it is the way gadgets are DEPLOYED that shapes their use
Millions provide the raw data – information
Only the few aggregators benefit monetarily
Lanier caricatures utopian visions (computational model)
and dystopian vision (massive disenfrachisement)
to suggest solution:
Pay people for their information
What current concerns does Lanier’s futuristic vision shed light on?
Imbalance in organizational capacity
Visions of the future shed light on social relations today
By projecting a few key features of society into the future
Which causes us to see them in a new light – today.
- Visions of the future
- Lanier, Jaron. Who Owns the Future?. First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013, “Motivation,” 7-21
- **Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism : 1-16
- Siva Vaidhyanathan, Vaidhyanathan, Siva. The Googlization of Everything: And Why We Should Worry. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012), ch. 2, "Google's Ways and Means: Faith in Aptitude and Technology," pp. 51-81.
- Moore, G.E., "Cramming More Components Onto Integrated Circuits," Proceedings of the IEEE , vol.86, no.1, pp.82,85, Jan. 1998 [originally published 1965]
- Computerburger From Popular Mechanics, 1966
- Blade Runner (1982) Blade Runner, DVD, directed by Ridley Scott (1982 CA:Warner Bros., 2007). To view via online streaming, log into the Digitizing America Collab siteand select "Kaltura Media Gallery" on the left side menu.
- Claim an article from the article exercise page "Past Visions of the Future" that has not already been chosen and write a one page essay on how this particular projection for the future worked out. If possible, please engage the readings or the film to comment on enduring conceptions and misconceptions of new technology.