Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Retrospective Apocalyptic Visions


From cyborgs to Nazis, Zizek theorizes the threat of a digital revolution in humanity based on nano-technology, bio-engineering and computer intelligence. Zizek discusses the eminent integration of digital media with human biology. Even at this point, it is believed that there are more interactions between computers, than there is between man and computer. This suggests that the digital language between computers has its own interactions and may form its own agenda, and manipulate us.

Compare this with Pollen's thesis about corn or potatoes. Who is manipulating who? Have we already reached the point where machines are manipulating us with perfect, intuitive design? For the Digital Transcendentalist, this is just more justification that we already occupy a meta-reality, far from what history has defined humanity to be.

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