Archive for the ‘Dystopia’ Category

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Zeitgeist

September 17, 2008

‘I think I spent 30 years of my life- the first 30 trying to become something. I wanted to become good at things, I wanted to become good at tennis and school and grades. And everything I kinda viewed in that perspective- I’m not okay the way I am, but if I got good at things… … I realized that I had the game wrong, because the game was to find out what I already was.’

This phrase – heard at the Zeitgeist documentary – haunts me every day since I saw that movie about 6 months ago. But enough with me. In case you haven’t seen it here it is:

You can also watch it from the site http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com where you can find subtitles in a bunch of languages.

At October 3, 2008 the ‘Zeitgeist – Addendum’ will be released and all I can say is that I CAN’T WAIT.

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Shit Is Happening (?)

April 29, 2007

It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy – but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps.

As difficult as this is to contemplate, it is clear, if you are willing to look, that each of these 10 steps has already been initiated today in the United States by the Bush administration.

Because Americans like me were born in freedom, we have a hard time even considering that it is possible for us to become as unfree – domestically – as many other nations.

This is an excerpt from a Guardian article that was published last week. Shocking as it may be I think it’s important not only to US citizens but everyone else for the simple fact that what’s happening in US is affecting the rest of the world too. (If you have any doubt about that just think how many things have changed since the 9/11 and the anti terrorist frenzy).

You can read the article HERE.

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Notes/Credits/etc:
Image from here.

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Rat Drive

April 22, 2007

It was in a festival where I saw a documentary that scared the hell out of me. “The Cyborg Revolution” [1] describes advances in the field of…well, how can we connect living humans directly with computers. “Directly” means that the human-computer interface is not an external device such as keyboards and the like but rather sensors that detect nerve stimulations or electrodes directly sunk into brain.

Documentary proceeds to show a fair amount of cases where various patients have been treated with electronic device implants. For example a blind patient was able to actually see images by having his brain directly stimulated by a sophisticated electrode which is in turn was stimulated by a portable computer. Images captured through a camera adjusted at his glasses were being sent to the computer which processed them and sent signals up to the electrode inside patient’s brain. Electrical signals stimulated a special area of his brain and the outcome was visual stimulation (that is the patient actually was seeing).

Several other cases are presented Read the rest of this entry ?