Monday, July 26, 2010

Our Confidence

Now 50 years after the concept of Machine Assisted Cognition (MAC), society moves toward a holistic cognitive extension based upon it.  Several false starts (AI and behaviorism come to mind) have taught us that we can expect a wild ride full of pitfalls and wonder, serendipity and bitter disappointment. Each bold new expedition into the frontiers of human aspiration reminds us that we are capable of nearly anything and of making a huge mess on the way there.

Is home so fragile or more a reflection of our confidence at this point in time combined with both our recollection of relevant experience and speculation about where it might go? What happens when we, assisted by our networked artifacts scale our confidence accordingly?

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