Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The paradox of technology!

Just over 50 years ago, the French film-maker Jacques Tati released his antic masterpiece, "Mon Oncle," the entirety of which is linked here.

The film is the post-surrealist auteur's gentle comic and diverting effort to observe the fascinations of technology, via his character, the "bumbling naif," M. Hulot, (Tati himself) in his second film.

Here's a scene:

We "invent" technology to assist us with particular problems.

But 'technology' always does MUCH more, applies to much more, affects much more than what we "designed" it for.

And eventually the (immanent) bug that ALWAYS lies at the heart of such beasts emerges to overtake and threaten us.

So we invent ANOTHER 'technology" to stem the consequences of the first (or previous) one.

Which in turn grows into more than we had imagined and threatens to consume us, so we invent another...I think you can see where this is going.

Heidegger was one of the first guys to figure this out, formally...

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