Computer technology has not yet come close to the printing press in its power to generate radical and substantive thoughts on a social, economical, political or even philosophical level. The printing press was the dominant force that transformed the middle ages into a scientific society. Not by just making books more available, but by changing the thought patterns of those who learned to read. The changes in our society brought about by the computer technology in the past 50 years look pale compared to that. We are making computers in all forms available, but we're far away from generating new thoughts or breaking up thought patterns.
Cory Doctorow: The Coming Century of War Against Your Computer. This is one of the most important lectures you’ll listen to this year. Highly recommended.
Pop culture is all about identity and feeling like you’re participating. It has nothing to do with cooperation, the past or the future — it’s living in the present. I think the same is true of most people who write code for money. They have no idea where [their culture came from] — and the Internet was done so well that most people think of it as a natural resource like the Pacific Ocean, rather than something that was man-made. When was the last time a technology with a scale like that was so error-free? The Web, in comparison, is a joke. The Web was done by amateurs.
Computational X. Application of computers to everything.