[ExI] mazlow's heirarchy of needs
anders at aleph.se
Thu Dec 6 03:00:06 UTC 2012
In Maslow's defence, I think you would prefer the net to go down in your
house rather than the sewage system. But it is amazing how fast we have
adapted to a world where information is accessible. It is also
integrated in many parts of our life: the food, shelter, social stuff
are all partially linked to it.
On 06/12/2012 01:06, spike wrote:
> Isn't is astonishing that a mere 20 yrs ago, we didn't really even
> have the internet. What the heck did we do? Go around not knowing stuff?
I think that is about right.
I was interviewed by an art student a few days ago about the interaction
of humans and technology, and found myself saying "I'm old enough to
remember when computers were not common household objects". Indeed, when
I didn't know something at best I could go to the library, but if it was
too unusual (quite often the case) it was unlikely to have it. Yes, the
Stockholm city library did not have many books on demonology - it
annoyed me. So instead of assuming "the information is out there" you
had to make do with the information that was accessible. It is a
profound change of how we think about things: rather than having to do
super-smart deductions from fragmentary data, we can re-use loads of
previous data and deductions.
Same thing for communications. Today we have multiple media available
and can select the right one - email for semi-persistent, longish and
non-pushy communications, blogs for persistent messages, twitter for
non-persistent short messages, phones for pushy non-persistent comms,
SMS for pushy persistent short comms, and so on. The distance between us
is more measured in preferred media than physical distance.
It is easy to forget how rapidly we change our mental world. When I grew
up "foreign" implied something exotic and unreachable. Today it means
"in a different jurisdiction". Today I expect that if I have an idea I
can make the world know about it before leaving my chair - a concept
that is really shocking to the people shaped by the broadcast media age
(radio studios in the UK and Sweden are still treated as strategic
locations with special security requirements since they have the awesome
power of allowing someone to be heard broadly).
Cheers for a globalized, networked and non-not-knowing-stuff world!
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Faculty of Philosophy
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