Life In The Trenches of Hyperspace
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book _Cyberia: Life In The Trenches Of Hyperspace_ (1994)
authored by Douglas
We are mutating into another
species - from Aquaria to the Terrarium, and now we're moving into Cyberia.
We are creatures crawling to the center of the cybernetic
world. But cybernetics are the stuff of which the world is made.
Matter is simply frozen information...
The critics of the information age see everything in the negative, as if
the quantity of information can lead to a loss of meaning. They said
the same thing about Gutenberg... Never before has the individual been
so empowered. But in the informatin age you do have to get the
signals out. Popularization means making it available to the people.
Today the role of the philosopher is to personalize, popularize, and humanize
computer ideas so that people can feel comfortable with them... The fact
is that a few of us saw what was happening and we wrestled the power of LSD
away from the CIA, and now the power of computers away from IBM, just as
we rescued psychology away from the doctors and analysts. In evry
generation I've been part of a group of people who, like Prometheus,
have wrestled with the power in order to hand it back to the individual.
Leary, _Pataphysics_ Magazine (1990)
CYBRARIAN: Computer Net-oriented information
specialist. [Jean Armour Polly, 1992]