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Geek Girl Magazine | 18. februar 2018

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Fremtiden for teknologi: Bruce Sterling og state of the world 2014

Fremtiden for teknologi: Bruce Sterling og state of the world 2014

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Bruce Sterling fremtiden for teknologi
Bruce Sterling – billede fra

Jo, jeg vil godt indrømme det – jeg kan godt lide kloge mænd, der ved en masse om teknologi. En af mine absolut yndlings er Bruce Sterling. Han er radikalt tænkende, og han er nok den person, jeg ville nominere til verdens mest geekede fremtidsforsker. Han tør sige de ting han tror på uden omsvøb, og det er et kæmpe plus i min bog. Sidste gang jeg mødte ham var til Next Berlin i maj, hvor han lukkede konferencen på en ret fantastisk måde: Ved at pille hele startup miljøet fra hinanden.

Her har i hans keynote. Hvis du har travlt, skal du se med fra ca. 7 minutter (det var derefter at folk begyndte at smile, eller forlade salen).

Og her er mit yndlingscitat fra keynoten:
“As long as you are making the rich guys richer, you are not disrupting the austerity, you are one of its top facilitators. What’s the answer to this problem? Pretty simple: Keep more of the money to yourself. But that’s not enough, cause I’ve seen that done. And when tech people keep more of the money to themselves, they just build toy rocket ships, they never actually build a global networked society, they don’t create a civil network, that’s not on their agenda, they are too hung up being cool.”

Han nævner også, i sin Next 13 closing keynote, Superflux, og en af mine personlige Geek heltinder: Anab Jain. Du kan se hendes VILDE tale her:


Men hans 2014 state of the world er fantastisk læsning. Det er egentlig bare det jeg vil sige. Nå ja, og have jer til at læse resten selv.

“1993 was the birth of the mainstream Internet, with the arrival of the
Mosaic browser and the first steps toward privatization of the
backbone and a move away from the acceptable use policy that prohibited
commercial activity. Two decades later, in 2013, the Internet as we
knew it, a network of networks, is dead, replaced by a network that has
become the de facto platform for delivering media. Media is no longer
strictly professional, anyone can produce content of any kind, but the
culture of free is dying, and professional content production is
finding an audience again, and finding ways to extract payment for
access to established professional writers, musicians, videographers,
etc. At the same time, anybody anywhere can create content and drop it
into a more or less public channel. The volume of information, new and
replicated, is exploding.
“In 2012 it made less and less sense to talk about ‘the Internet,’
‘the PC business,’ ‘telephones,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ or ‘the media,’ and
much more sense to just study Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and
Microsoft. These big five American vertically organized silos are
re-making the world in their image. “….

It’ll be hard, this year, not to dwell obsessively on the capering specters of the NSA, Snowden, Wikileaks, Bitcoin… 2013 turned out to be the year when the Digital Revolution trended Stalinist. Old-school Digital Bolsheviks scattered hapless in every direction, as Big Data Killer Bot Commissars scoured the darkening landscape, and Trotsky went to ground in Ecuador.”

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