Authors who seem to understand the danger of our future
Dyson, George B. Darwin Among the Machines: the evolution of global intelligence. Summary Review
Mazlish, Bruce; The Fourth Discontinuity: The Co-Evolution of Humans and Machines (Paperback)
Minsky, Marvin, The Emotion Machine
quote from Chapter 1, prelim
Shirky, Clay; Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens
in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down
control of news is changing the nature of politics.
About Clay Shirky Shirky, a prescient voice on the Internet’s effects, argues that emerging technologies
enabling loose collaboration will change the way our society works.
1. Phone was 1 to 1 medium, books newspapers are 1 to many and internet is many to many.
2. Every other medium is moving to internet.
3. Consumers can also produce because we have video cameras on our cell phones. Many to many.
People who have lost their one child in China have 'nothing to lose'. This radicalizes them.
Singer, P.W.; Wired for War
Susan Blackmore The Meme Machine
Temes are technological memes
Susan Blackmore studies memes: ideas that replicate themselves from brain to brain like a virus. She
makes a bold new argument: Humanity has spawned a new kind of meme, the teme, which spreads itself via
technology -- and invents ways to keep itself alive
Susan Blackmore is dedicated to understanding the scientific nature of consciousness. Her latest work
centers on the existence of memes -- little bits of knowledge, lore, habit that seem to spread themselves
using human brains as mere carriers. She's exploring the existence of a new class of meme, spread by
human technology. It's temporarily named the "teme." She has written about memes, consciousness, and
near-death experiences; has appeared on the British Big Brother to discuss the psychology of the
participants; and writes for the Guardian UK. "She took Richard Dawkins' intuition about memes (ideas that,
like genes, take a life of their own) and turned it into a fully fledged theory." Bruno Giussani, TED Blog
Susan Blackmore get's it.