Computer talk

Here are 3 clips that illustrate the idea of language and communication within a cyberspace culture:

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I can feel it

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I was struck by the visual similarities between a picture of Google servers and the (symbolic) spaceship in Stanley Kubrick’s movie.There are a number of ideas emerging from this, all relating to juxtapositions of utopian/distopian.

The (simulated) experience Hal verbalises, is perhaps resonating among these servers, with similar anxieties expressed by Google users. Google is trying to help by directing them to the correct helpline or website. At the same time, engineers push buttons and pull switches to save. Cloud trends verbalised the nation’s mood via social networking.

Machines have no feelings, despite Hal claiming otherwise. In the clip  ‘the computer talks’ and the human is silent, except for the laborious breathing. We know man’s action is to control the machine, humans program (computer language) but there is always a threat of losing that control. After all Dave was programmed too.

Can Google be silenced? How do governments control corporates?

Hal’s  actions were unethical, to destroy. Search engines support a capitalistic drive, in support of consumerism and economic growth. How can we be certain that technological developments will be ‘for the best’…?

2/4/2013, note:  in all this I got Dave and Hal muddled up… for the record: Dave is the person, Hal the computer, now corrected…

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