People think that society is the creation of technology, not that
technology is the creation of society, and in this sense the computer
and the net and cyberspace and all this type of thinking lead to what
I call a false transcendence - the idea that we will transcend the
body, we will arrive at a heaven of pure information in which
immortality essentially of consciousness will be achieved. I know
that your familiar with these sort of people, extropians,
cybernetfreaks and technomaniacs who truly believe, in a true
religious sense, that the computer is the final frontier of human
consciousness. I'm just not convinced, I don't see any way the body
is being transcended, it is still sitting in front of the keyboard,
the eyes are still looking at the screen. William Gibson has a
wonderful image of the hacker plugged in to the computer and dying
while his consciousness is still living on in cyberspace.
This is the fantasy that we can download consciousness and somehow
achieve immortality inside the machine - at best I would say that
this is a very hypothetical supposition, at worst it could turn out
to be a total falsehood. If it is a total falsehood, then what we are
looking at here is a bad parody of religion, a parodic consciousness
or a conciseness which is simply a parody of itself, this I think is
where the danger lies.
- peter lamborn wilson/hakim bey (1995)
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