Using Technology to Deepen Democracy, Using Democracy to Ensure Technology Benefits Us All
Monday, April 06, 2009
By the way, I happen to like Chris Phoenix personally, we've had some interesting and perfectly mutually respectful exchanges on philosophical questions. I also know and like Chris's partner at CRN, Mike Treder. I see their discourse there as one that oscillates curiously between superlative claims I spurn and more reasonable technodevelopmental considerations. I suspect that both their close connection with transhumanists and their somewhat fetishistic fixation on an idealized technodevelopmental outcome they call the "nanofactory" will eventually undermine what I have found to be reasonable in them and they will be drawn down fatally into the discursive gravity well of the Robot Cult think-tank archipelago in the fullness of time. I could be wrong, certainly I hope that I am, and their affiliation with Jamais Cascio (the only self-described "futurist" on earth I value and take seriously as a public intellectual) is a sign of good sense on their part that gives me hope for them.