Digital has the potential to create intelligent collectives
Therefore, what purpose do we assign to new communication tools? Their most socially useful use would undoubtedly be to provide human groups with instruments together their mental powers in order to constitute intellectuals or collective imaginers. Communicative computing would then appear as the technical infrastructure of the collective brain or the hyper cortex of living communities. The role of computer science and digital communication techniques is not to "replace man" or to approach a hypothetical "artificial intelligence", but to promote the construction of intelligent collectives where social potentialities and cognitive of each can develop and mutually enhance each other. According to this approach, the major architectural project of the twenty-first century will be to imagine, build and develop the interactive and ever-changing space of cyberspace. Perhaps then it will be possible to go beyond the entertainment society to a post-media era, in which communication techniques will be used to filter the flow of information, to navigate knowledge and to think together rather than to carry masses of information.
[...] the act of reading is a secret, and sometimes fertile, ceremony of communion. Anyone who reads something that is really worth the trouble does not read with impunity. Reading one of those books that breathe when you put them to your ear does not leave you untouched: it changes you, even if only a little bit, it integrates something into you, something that you did not know or had not imagined, and it invites you to seek, to ask questions. And more still: sometimes it can even help you to discover the true meaning of words betrayed by the dictionary of our times. What more could a critical consciousness want?
Source : Past, Present, and Future: Interview with Eduardo Galeano, December 25, 2008, mronline
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