A humanoid robot walking through a forest, stumbling, but he keeps going. Where? This is what I explore in my most recent book, “The Analogue Revolution”. Analogue is the opposite of digital. It’s everything that is not binary but connected on fluid scales. Life is analogue. But increasingly, digital products also become analogue. They leave the screens and become…swarm-like drones, animal- or human-like robots, tangible things. Even beings? These technological changes will cause many dramatic upheavals in our societies. But where will thsi development lead us, too? I am not a techno-pessimist. But in order to move this huge tech revolution into a good direction, a lot has to happen in society. That’s why I wrote this book.
It was great to spend the weekend in the Austrian town of Graz at the reknowned cultural festival “Steirischer Herbst” with artists like Heba Y. Amin and Lara Almarcegui, with curators like Tessa Giblin and Madeline Ritter and with digital thinkers like Michael Seemann. The topic was rather serious: Are there alternatives to dystopia and disruptions?
Quoted after US sociologist Robert E. Park with nice and true typo…
Photo: Christian Schwägerl
#1 In the Anthropocene, technology and its side effects become so ubiquitous that they begin to form a new sort of nature – technature.
#2 For the next years, not the emerging AI itself is most important but the power structures that help bring it about and will rule it
#3 The co-evolution of humans and technology has entered a new phase. If we want “digital humanism” we need to start now. Otherwise technology might become totalitarian or develop without humans.
Discussion at the International Parliamentary Forum on May 22, 2015 about #digitalfuture #analoguerevolution and #datapower with MdB @DJanecek and many active participants…with kind introduction/moderation by Jekaterina Grigorjeva @jek_grigorjeva
Botanic Garden Berlin, 2015
“In einem seiner Szenarien schießen vor dem Berliner S-Bahnhof Friedrichstraße Eisvögel und Uferschwalben durch die Schilfgürtel der renaturierten Spree, und der Chef von Google lässt sich von einem meditierenden Aussteiger beeindrucken. An die Stelle des Internets ist das Allesnetz getreten, in dem man sich in Tiere, Pflanzen oder Gesteine verwandeln und die innere Verbindung von allem erfahren kann.”