Destination SkyNet: Human Anxieties about Humanizing Technology

Consider this exhibit at the World Economic Forum in Davos: Paola Antonelli, the Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MOMA is the force behind the “Talk to Me” exhibit, which explores the world of communication between people and things. The exhibit considers how designers seek to enable a nonverbal dialogue through clever design. As…

Bell, Nabokov’s butterflies, and S.J. Gould

Daniel Bell of “The Post-Industrial Society” prophesy, dies at 91 (Source: NYTimes, Jan25/11) Bell was something of a social prophet, announcing the end of global political ideologies such as the Communism of the USSR (See The End of Ideology). Later he predicted that service-based economies would come to supplant agricultural and industrial-based economies. He can be…

When Political Discourse Becomes Popular Non-Fiction

  In a time of extreme insensitivities and extreme sensitivities it becomes difficult to navigate through discussions of difficult political and/or social issues. More recently, in this “Obama era,” there has been an attempt to push back against political egoism and cynicism through a renewed rhetoric of socially universal values. These values, however, become universalized through vagueness not through rigorous development. Heart, play, love, hope and…