Archive for December, 2006

Little Brothers and the Rebels’ Island

December 15, 2006

*Update*: There’s a long and interesting discussion in the comments’ section, including Jamais Cascio, the man behind the Mic

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“Soon, probably within the next decade, certainly within the next two, we’ll be living in a world where what we see, what we hear, what we experience, will be recorded everywhere we go. There will be few statements or scenes that will go unnoticed or unremembered; our day to day lives will be archived and saved. What’s more, these archives will be available over the net for recollection, analysis and even sharing. And we’ll be doing it to ourselves”

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So starts a daunting yet highly important and certainly interesting lecture by Jamais Cascio, who describes a future where everything will be not only recorded but also verified, a future governed not by a single “Big Brother”, but rather by billions of little brothers and sisters that will voluntarily and eagerly capture, upload, share and explore sights, scenes and conversations using their ubiquitous multi-modal, nomadic, capturing devices (and see the previous post on Anina and the Nomads).

As Jamais Cascio points out, this is a world where lies are almost impossible, and errors are detected on the spot, hence dramatically reduced. How can you lie if you are constantly recorded by multiple devices? How can the recordings be tempered if hundreds of different recording devices are creating hundreds different representations of the same event? It’s practically impossible. You can temper one or two, you can destroy another couple, but you cannot fight the statistics of an infinite number of recorders.

In other words, we’re creating a world of timeless (real-time) truth, which is what we’ve always been after, at least since Plato.

Personally, I think it’s the right moment for a Cyberpunk time-out (more to be posted soon in my alter-blog, and seeds could well be found already here)

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podcastIcon.gif Jamais Cascio: Participatory Panopticon, 37:09 min, May 2nd, 2005

Original Podlink: Jamais Cascio: Participatory Panopticon

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