One of the most interesting essays I came across in John Brockman’s latest anthology (What to Think about Machines that Think) was by a security technologist called Bruce Scheier.
“opia – n. the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable–their pupils glittering, bottomless and opaque–as if you were peering through a hole in the door of a house, able to tell that there’s someone standing there, but unable to tell if you’re looking in or looking out.”
The world is currently in a state of rapid technological change. Even those with just the slightest of interests in the broader scheme of things can accept this reality. The problem is that this change is creating a divide, two diverging perspectives of how we should handle the ever growing power of technology. Read more
A big idea, slowly starting to make its way into conventional thinking, is that our brains are actually long past their thrive by dates. We are now living in a time where computation, neuroscience technologies and mass data collection allow for in depth understanding of how the brain functions, as well as how it has managed to survive with its many flaws in a world so foreign to its conceiving.
As a child growing up, I remember being involved in many innocuous activities, where I was incredibly focused and completely in the moment. Time didn’t exist and neither did the world outside of the activity. There was this simplicity, this happiness and this sense of clarity. All the value came from the intrinsic quality of the experience and nothing outside of it mattered. Read more
Most people have been through a dangerous, life threatening event, where they recall the feeling of time slowing down.This slow-motion effect seems so clear and real but at the same time our understanding of the world tells us that it is not currently possible to adjust the speed of time.
So what is causing these contradicting beliefs?
I think people heavily underestimate the power of ideas. Their intangible, immeasurable nature forces them to take a back seat to the more physical, material things that attract our attention. We look out at a reality which seems so ordinary, so standard, like everyone should see it this way, when in fact the truth is that our reality is really more of a perspective moulded by a collection and collaboration of interlinking ideas which have infected our minds and spread due to their virality. Read more