Bill Joy, cofounder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems,
wrote in the April issue of Wired Magazine:
Perhaps it is always hard to see the bigger impact while you are in the vortex of a change. Failing to understand the consequences of our inventions while we are in the rapture of discovery and innovation seems to be a common fault of scientist and technologists; we have long been driven by the overarching desire to know that is the nature of science's quest, not stopping to notice that the progress to newer and more powerful technologies can take on a life of its own.
This is what a few of the scientists/artists at the Growing Things summit replied to when asked about their own religious/spiritual beliefs in this new technologically advancing age, (click on image for quicktime file):
Eduardo Kac with Alma the fluorescent bunny
Bottom: Katie Egan (left) and Marta de Menezes
|CLOCKWISE FROM CENTRE: Sarah Diamond, Patrick Clancey, Joe Davis, Maroon Tabbal, and Heath Bunting|
represents the ultimate logical conclusion of our great values and ideas"
Having a background in theatre/performance; I am very interested in how technology can be implemented in the theatre (Rachel Mayeri and Steve Ausbury, Biosphere Opera) but more importantly as a cultural thinker and commentarian, how this technology affects us and the world around us.
Trudeau may be gone, (should we clone him?), but the disparate voices of passion and reason, continue to dialogue together, in the hopes of resisting injustice in the present, working to reduce it in the future, with empathetic solidarity for the victims of the past.
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For a complete list of presenters and daily agenda at the Growing Things summit please refer to the BNMI Website
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