Morozov, you delightful troll!

Evgeny Morozov has emerged as a penetrating and engaged critic of Internetism, a ruthless, trollesque critic ensconced in the history of philosophy of technology, unlike many of those he attacks. With essays that spew a vitriol than nearly undermine his arguments, he has staked out a lonely, important role as perhaps the premiere antagonist to … Continue reading

How Engineers Learn from Evolution

One of the objectives of The Ever-Blurring Divide is to show examples of a larger trend in which technologies are increasingly being modeled after aspects of nature. At the time of posting, this talk, given by Robert Full, was already several years old and the technologies demonstrated had been replaced by newer generations. Nevertheless, I … Continue reading

Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on where ideas come from.

Despite instances of knowledge being ignored or suppressed, we are a society that wants to appreciate good ideas.  While individual genius is often given credit for monumental changes in understanding, the reality is that novel ideas are born from environments consisting of networks of pre-existing ideas.  From this perspective, it’s no coincidence that like-minded ideas … Continue reading

The self-organizing system: An example

At a very blatant level, a level of details and specifics and focus, this video is about an innovative new way of education.  At a broader level h0wever, one that is concerned with looking for grand, over-arching patterns, the ideas here give insight into the potential for self-organizing systems. Sugata Mitra shows by example a … Continue reading

J.J. Abrams’ Mystery Box, the Blank Page, the Uncarved Block

Below is a TED talk by J.J. Abrams, the creator of Lost and Cloverfield. While I was watching it, I was struck by the similarities between his “mystery box” and the uncarved block. This small similarity isn’t necessarily a good enough reason to watch this 20-minute video, but it’s pretty entertaining and there’s some great … Continue reading

In the spirit of contemplating the internet…A link for you!

As the future of the internet goes, so goes the future of humanity.  The internet and world-wide web, which I admit I only recently learned are not exactly synonymous, affect society in many profound ways, not only providing certain conveniences and luxuries to individual people but also shaping discourses and spreading information en masse.  As … Continue reading

The Decline of the Institution?

Institutions are currently a dominant way of human social organization. Governments, corporations, religions, educational systems and more(!) are, for the most part, based on the top-down, hierarchical, pyramidal structure, with power centralized at the top. There seem to be some advantages to using the institutional model, but as technology increases the ability for individuals to … Continue reading