Technology gets a lot of flack these days yet, as the futurist Ray Kurzweil has said before, technology is also the only thing that has ever helped us overcome problems. We use our tools to extend our range of possibilities; we use our tools to extend our reach to extend the impact about consciousness, to extend our will.
Technology is the human imagination turned inside out. The futurists and writers Andy Clark and David Chalmers have used the term ‘Skinbag Bias’ to explain this aversion to man-made technology. We seem to assume that everything that’s natural is within our skin tissue and everything that we make in the world is somehow artificial but, this duality is an illusion. Our technology is a scaffolding of our mind. It extends our mind in a very real way that might as well be called anatomical.
You might put a smart phone in a man’s hand and point to it with a diagram as if it was literally a part of its anatomy. We are distributed beings; we have distributed our mindedness across the planet like a cloak and even into other world. We traverse the surface of today with a rover that is nothing but embodied lined on wheels. We use tools to extend our reach. We build the tools & the tools build us. We build new tools, those tools builds us. This runaway train, before we know it, will allow us to literally spread ourselves throughout the universe.
Our capacity to create these virtual models in our heads and then build them in the world was sufficient along with our modest-looking thumbs to create a secondary force of evolution.
We are smack in the middle between the born and the made. We are as gods as Stuart Brand said and might as well; get good at it. So, go innovate, go dream bigger than ever before!