Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Dynamics of Change, 1967, Don Fabun


"So what happens then? What happens when the "little black box" on your bedside table is intellectually superior to you? This brings us to another question—what is the interaction that takes place between a human organism at the interface where it joins the machines it designs, builds, and operates?

Historically, we have always learned to live with our artifacts. The motorcar, which once frightened men as well as horses, has become so much a part of our daily lives that to remove it now might destroy us utterly. Radio and television, other machine systems have become the chief sources of our experience of the auditory and visual worlds. (To realize how much we have integrated machine systems with human living, just try, as this writer once did, to live completely alone for ten days without people or any of these machines. It is a shattering and decomposing psychological and emotional experience.)

In this section, we have used the image of the motorcycle rider as a symbol of the man/machine symbiosis. Here, man and machine share life and death together; each becomes the expression of experience for the other.

Someday—not too far from now—people will "ride" their personal computers with all the excitement that the motorcycle rider feels when he storms down the long tunnel of the night. We will, with computers, explore our mental world with a something that shares, amplifies and defines our experience. In doing so, it will help us define ourselves as human personalities."

The Dynamics of Change, 1967, Don Fabun

Via: John Adams

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