Lessons from the past



From 100 years ago: One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. – Elbert Hubbard

As the week ends the gears are turning and I find myself contemplating technology. So often it’s easy to succumb to the paranoia that ” big brother is watching us.” I’ve always felt strongly that the tools are there for us to use, and that we shouldn’t simply accept them without an understanding of them. Technology helps to support, extend, and connect our global wisdom. Fritz Lang’s great iconic German sci/fi film from 1927, Metropolis, warned about a future where science, industry and a powerful upper class control the workers.Ultimately it is hopeful in its message that “there can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator”. Ridley Scott goes on to explore a similar styled world in Bladerunner, but this time the focus is on replicants becoming “human”. The bigger picture of how we interact with technology has always been fascinating to me.

from mare.bowe

from mare.bowe

Next week I’ll be completely changing things up in a decidedly low tech course on Creativity and Environmental Sustainability. We’ve been asked to bring a hat, sunscreen, a journal, and a glue stick. It will be nice to have the time to let the ideas of this last week simmer while I re-connect with the outdoors.

Bonus features:

• Check out this interesting court case regarding Kindle .

• The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom. ~Jon Stewart.


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