Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Cyborg Luddite

Last evening's closing keynote for the KMDI's Open Source Conference was a blast. It was especially cool to have the "professor's-eye view" of the proceedings in Toronto from my monitor in Victoria, B.C. You'll be able to see what I mean in a few weeks when the archives of the conference webcasts, including the closing keynote by Dr. Steve Mann are made available.

NOTE: Ron Baecker and Gale Moore, Peter Wolf and Kelly Rankin and the entire team of staff and volunteers of the conference did a marvelous job of presenting content and involving this "information and communication technology (ICT)"-based conference participant.

Special thanks as well to the conference moderators for their most able efforts on behalf of online participants over the three days.

Professor Mann is a pioneer in the field of wearable/implantable computers. He wrote a book, with my buddy Hal Niedzviecki, Cyborg: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable Computer. Visit this link for an interview with more on Hal's thoughts on "culture."

At one point in his presentation Professor Mann mentioned that he'd recently installed a windmill on the roof of his lab and joked that this had led to thinking about "disconnecting from the network" as some type of "cyborg luddite."

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