Monday, September 01, 2008

People in ‘Rainbows End’ have the attention span of a butterfly where the piece duration is less than a minute

[Wikipedia, Facebook, Second Life, World of Warcraft, iPhones, instant messaging — all these are quaint ancestral technologies now that everyone is connected to everyone and everything.
Thanks to special contact lenses, computers in your clothes and locational sensors scattered everywhere you go, you see a constant stream of text and virtual sights overlaying the real world. As you chat with a distant friend’s quite lifelike image strolling at your side, you can adjust the scenery to your mutual taste — adding, say, medieval turrets to buildings — at the same time you’re each privately communicating with vast networks of humans and computers.
Vernor Vinge's View of the Future - Is Technology That Outthinks Us: A Partner or a Master? By JOHN TIERNEY NYT: August 25, 2008 “Rainbows End.”]

Savitri Erans should warm up to the challenges ahead and pool resources in order to make the words of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo available to millions of people. [TNM]

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