Sunday Book-Thought 115

There is a lesson here for anyone who attempts to make sense of the high-tech world, a lesson that is close to the heart of this book’s primary thesis. At the threshold points near the birth of new technology, all types of distortions and misunderstandings are bound to appear – misunderstandings not only of how the machines actually work but also of more subtle matters: what realm of experience the new technologies belong to, what values they perpetuate, where their more indirect effects will take place.
– Steven Johnson, Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate (New York: HarperEdge, 1997), pp. 211-212.


Sunday Book-Thought 112

In essence, we still don’t know what machines are capable of, because so much of the effort over the years has been to try to produce machines that function correctly. Why don’t we put our attention somewhere else? I’m sure we’ll be able to discover endless amounts of interesting, creative possibilities. Instead of being monomaniacally focused on efficiency, function, expedience, outcomes, production – what if we pursue different virtues?
Alexander R. Galloway [in an an interview by Martina Leeker], ‘Intervening Infrastructures: Ad Hoc Networking and Liberated Computer Language’, in Interventions in Digital Cultures: Technology, the Political, Methods, ed. by Howard Caygill, Martina Leeker, and Tobias Schulze (Lüneburg: meson press, 2017), pp. 60-72 (p. 72).