Disconnecting from tethered technologies

by Laura Drake, Ph.D. Everyone by now is aware of the well-documented harmful effects of smartphones and social media on our cognition, our ability to lead private lives, our personal dignity, and the scope and depth of human life more generally. We argue that this pair of ubiquitous technologies belongs to a new class of […]

The consequences of machine hypermediation

The endgame of our current trajectory: All human relationships will be machine mediated. Do humans need each other in close proximity? Or is it freedom to be dependent only the machines, or more accurately, the distant, unseen technologists who make them? Perhaps they think the machines will treat them better than their fellow humans. It […]

The travesty of online dating

by Alex Aliferis   Technology was sold to us like a used car salesman who sells lemons to the public. Wasn’t technology supposed to make our lives simple? Wasn’t online dating supposed to create more married couples? Has it been one big lie? What is your experience with online dating? Negative. I think I can […]

The machine stops – by E.M. Forster (1909)

This fictional story about humanity’s future relationship with networked computer technologies was first published in the Oxford and Cambridge Review more than 100 years ago, in 1909. The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster I THE AIR-SHIP Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted […]

Implosion of society: the deprecation of human interdependence

Why do human societies get formed at the outset? The entire construct of society is based on the natural phenomenon of interdependence. Societies happen because people need one another. The present postindustrial society began to implode in perfect Baudrillardian fashion at such time as human interdependence started to become obsolete, perhaps as a consequence of […]

What is posthumanity?

Posthumanity is an emergent existential phenomenon that is arising gradually out of the systematic development of artificial and hybrid intelligent structures and entities presently underway. It is the name we see as best representing the present time as the successor to postmodernity. It emerged naturally out of postmodernity, as the latter’s technologies and, therefore, knowledge […]