What Did We Learn From Making the Computer?
When we made the Computer we made it much like ourselves. And now we have nearly finished that job – we can look back on ourselves in a new way.
Or some of us can do this. And this constitutes the gap between those in the know – and those not in the know. The vast majority of people, at this time.
This is always the case when cultures go through a big change – when the Western World went through the Middle Ages (that lasted for a thousand years) and moved into the Modern World. This resulted in people so different – we can no longer remember what we were like before.
Let’s start at the beginning – how we made the Computer like ourselves. Without thinking about it – we were very clever about how we did this.
We were clever when we designed the Hardware – with a separate, programmable Memory. But we were extremely clever when we developed the Software – the Brains of the Computer.This development is still going on – at a very rapid pace.
This has resulted in huge problem – we live in the Internet World, that controls us – but we do not control it. This is always a problem when we are possessed by a successful new technology – but this time it is worse than ever.
Each technology makes huge demands on us – and we have always responded by changing ourselves to make us more compatible with it.
But the result of adapting to Television was a disaster – to make ourselves compatible with this, we had to become nothing but consumers – and not able to think for ourselves.
But I see I have messed up this posting completely. I started to write about the Computer, and then I switched to Television – and wound up in a swamp, up to my ass in alligators.
I will have to start once again – describing how the Computer drained the swamp. At least for some of us.