Friday, 15 February 2008

Ansible


So, today we discovered Shevek's Ansible, a mechanisim for the instant communication of information that can destroy all walls and, ironically, enables the IWO to triumph over Anarres.

This seemed as good a link as any to our discussion of digital eutopias and dystopias next week. But we can also make links back to earlier weeks - particularly the enduring utopian desire for education, a totalising of knowledge, a concern about human imagination and capacity for invention as central to the goods offered by society to the individual (Plato, Aristotle, More, Campanella, Bacon etc).

Thank you to Edward James for making it possible.

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