Silicon Beach, Bournemouth 2015: A manifesto

In 1784, philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote about the ‘unsocial sociability of men’.
The interwovenness of our lives is the source of our solidarity, but here too lies the root of our mutual harm.  It is this paradox in human behaviour that Technology is accelerating at an exponential rate.

This is a call to recognise not just what’s good about IT, but the bad and the ugly.
What could happen if we do more than click ‘change the world’?

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Yes Retreat. No Surrender.

Available on the B-side of the old format vinyl of Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, is this spoken passage:

The worst part is wondering how you’ll find the strength tomorrow to go on doing what you did today, and have been doing for much too long, where you’ll find the strength for all that stupid running around, those thousand projects that come to nothing, those attempts to escape from crushing necessity, which always flounder and serve only to convince you one more time that destiny is implacable, that every night you down and out, crushed by the dread of more and more sordid and insecure tomorrows…

When you’re burnt out, overwhelmed by the heavy futility of life, and puzzled as to how to bloody succeed at something… well, you honestly want to just give up.

The problem with quitting, is it’s commonly considered a negative course of action.

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