[This is a talk I gave at FSCONS 2013, on November 9]
I've been studying, as well as writing and talking about the dystopian side of technological progress for so long that eventually I got tired of it. So, instead of focusing on critical issues, I began to do research on what might be called the ”thought forms” involved in utopian/dystopian or positive/negative debates, particularly regarding digital technologies.
The objective developments are clear enough, and often not very reassuring, but they are at least talked about and debated. The subjective, really personal side of it all, however, seems to me to have been less clearly articulated or even brought to the fore forcefully enough. So, what might happen if we, in this largely technical context, begin to really focus on ourselves, as human beings? This has come to occupy my thinking more and more, and hence the title of this talk.
Let's start with two examples of what might soon become objective changes: