The Silicants

The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful

The backlash against Glass is the implied rejection of the kind of casual sociopathy which leads a person to become a surveillance camera, to put a computer between themselves and their every interaction with other people. The philosophy of Glass is inward looking. It improves the life of the wearer at the expense of those around them.

And:

A simple fact remains: there is something intrinsically repellant about a world in which our food, jobs and personal relationships are replaced by digital proxies in the name of ultra-efficient disruption. The geeks, with their ready willingness to abandon social norms, are pulling us toward a utopia nobody wants.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me throughout.

Silicon Valley is a very, very sick culture populated not by human beings, but by a new digital deviant hybrid species: Silicants.

Previously here:

Our Jules Verne Ant-Like Future
Babylon Lives Again

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One response to “The Silicants

  1. The article is mostly a piece of outdated fluff. The interactional problems of Google Glass have been widely acknowledged and Soylent is, thus far, a curiosity. They both hold enormous promise as tools to be used by the public, and as they’re such wide-encompassing ones, it’s good to bring them to public debate. I fail to see that “nerd-agenda” of changing our social interactions dramatically. So far the popular tech has simply been put on top of existing social needs, and there’s little ground to think that that’ll change in the future.

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