I just posted this on Facebook but thought I’d share it here too.
I found myself returning to this article over and over during the last two days. It’s a rather chilling yet perspicacious examination of the increasing bifurcation of our society into a rich upperclass and underprivileged lower class (or, as put in the article, “Perfect world travelers versus people who don’t have passports. The drone owners versus the drone targets. And, strangely, those who can move freely in physical space and those who can’t.”) and the extent in which tech can play a role.
The sci-fi author M John Harrison recently blogged about how the traditional rhetoric of disaster (think The Road) is worn out – those issues are no longer the important issues – and that there is some other kind of disaster ready to be written. I tend to think that this is it – the ability of technology to either democratize everyone or fuel the machinations of the powerful elite. In which case, access to, knowledge of, and education about technology may need to be thought of differently, maybe even as a “human right.”
I finished reading the fantastic science fiction novel Hyperion last night. Dan Simmons weaves several wonderfully complex and touching narratives within the narrative. It takes all 482 pages to really start to understand the world and the characters that Simmons has carefully crafted.
For anyone who has read or plans to read Simmons inventive and exciting work, this short animation will help immensely with the concept of time dilation, which Simmons uses to great effect in the novel.