Thursday, June 2, 2011

Of Ghosts, Machines, and Platonic Shadows





"... Because Tonnies was so young when he tragically passed away at the age of 34 in 2009, and he also had a strong online presence, his death highlights this problem. The information that remains - his reviews, his Website, his blog Posthuman Blues, his tweets, and so on - act like a Platonic shadow."

The above quote is taken from this new, thought-provoking post by ToB on her cool Histories of Things to Come blog entitled : Internet Shadows in Broad, Sunlit Uplands.

She asks: "... Is some virtual reality corner of the Internet going to become the dimension that houses a billion disembodied souls, forever?"

Of course, you know Mac would just love all of this... though, in the end, I think even he became disenchanted with post-humanism and the Singularity. And, in any case, he didn't stick around for it.

I'm supposing the broader aspect of the question is whether or not souls and machines have anything intrinsically in common... "ideas", for instance... and for an answer to that I quote Charlie Brown, who once said: "AARGH!!!"

(Sorry folks, my over-loaded brain just crashed and shut down...beep beep and out...)