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Old 02-07-2012, 02:23 PM #1
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What are your opinions of Virilio's argument that technological acceleration is bad? That we are always looking to make our technology better and faster and that leads to the "great accident". He talks about how that makes technological failure inevitable because everything will be so quick and calculations will be made at light-speed.

just looking for opinions or further explanation because the theory still confuses me
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:49 PM #2
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Reminds me of this Sagan quote:
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We have a civilization based on science and technology, and we have cleverly arranged things so that almost nobody understands science and technology. That is as clear a prescription for disaster as you can imagine. It’s a combustible mixture of ignorance and power. And while we might get away with it for a while, that mixture, sooner or later, is going to blow up. The powers of modern technology are so enormous that it is insufficient to say, well those in charge of those powers, I am sure, are doing a good job. This is a democracy, and for us to make sure that the powers of science and technology are used properly and prudently, we ourselves must understand science and technology.
I'm not sure it's completely relevant because I haven't read any of this guys writing, but my quick googling brought this to mind. If you add exponentially increasing technology and Virilio's fears to the above quote, everyday that goes by only means that the proposed "Great Accident" will be worse and worse.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:03 PM #3
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"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. - Kurt Vonnegut

Very true in more than one way.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:05 PM #4
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"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. - Kurt Vonnegut

Very true in more than one way.

i think that's one of virilio's arguments. that technological acceleration reduces everything in terms of time/space and distances us from the "real world".

correct me if i'm wrong.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:00 PM #5
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i think that's one of virilio's arguments. that technological acceleration reduces everything in terms of time/space and distances us from the "real world".

correct me if i'm wrong.
It is, at least as I understand it anyway.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:29 PM #6
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According to Kurzweil's ilk we're only 30 years or so away from creating an intelligence capable of solving all our problems for us.
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