Like Tears in the Rain

Technology makes us immortal – or does it?  To be a machine could mean living forever – as a machine.

The soul cannot be captured or manufactured, only released.

Neil Gershenfeld’s Fab Labs lecture (“I.T. development for the masses”) gives me heart that Big Corps may not be able to monopolize our creativity and communication after all. Unless, of course, the U.S. takes the Chinese approach. That’s no stretch: the Obama admin’s already been caught openly using snitch tactics in a clumsy, brazen attempt to gather information on dissenters and turn citizens against each other.

Yes, Gershenfeld’s using taxpayer money for his Fab Labs. But for once, this seems like a wise expenditure to encourage real innovation and creativity.  A far cry from the intellectually and creatively sloppy hyenas who simply steal, remix and recut another’s original work and claim it his own.

(I’m a firm believer in Intellectual Property rights. They should be treated similarly to land property rights. IP rights should be redefined as “Creative Sovereignty” rights.)  “Sovereign Citizen” rights, perhaps?

I’m all for innovation! But the web is increasingly cluttered by slobs and scavengers, making it increasingly difficult to find real information and real sources. Slobs are road tacks on the information highway: neither understanding nor inventing, only profiteering.

Technology may indeed “solve the problem of the masses.” Most likely it will be introduced like tattoos, bar codes, into something fashionable. The masses already buy Coke and other corporate t-shirts and become willful walking billboards. They spend money to advertise corporate products! It’s hardly a stretch to consider that young mush-heads will buy tattoos, implants, etc., with embedded satellite chips advertising their favorite products, services, or (God forbid) rap tunes.

As for Gordon Bell: narcissism is no substitute for creativity. Take it to the afterlife. Any relation to Art Bell?

Hell, I must be going Lobo.

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