Sophie Le Pallec, Rick Bouter, Gérald Santucci: The metamorphosis of objects and human subjects in the Internet of Things

2/06/2016 - 20:58

“All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.” Gautama Siddhartha

Where in prior times technique was referring to: “a method of accomplishing a desired aim”, today we speak more of technology. Technology has long been presented as a set of techniques; today it has become more than a method to accomplish a desired aim. From now on, we live in ‘the age of makers’. In times when there are more people with mobile phone access than toothbrushes, everyone has the ability to start up a million euro business from behind the kitchen table.

Technology does not only affect business any longer; it also affects culture, politics, society and every element we value in life. Maybe most important of all, it affects the human race as we know it today. For the reason technology will impact the way we have lived for ages, it is legitimate to ask whether there is an intersection where humans and objects will find a mutually beneficial coexistence, or whether one of these entities will rule over the other, or whether there will be an alliance between the human race and some sort of technology that represents a global connected world brain. 
Will technology be, like in prior times, a collection of methods to accomplishing a desired aim, or will the human race be enslaved by technology and ruled by the artificial intelligence embedded in it?

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