Human Machine Interface (3)

Human Machine InterfaceI’m a small embarrassed to admit I was a member of seven diverse gyms given that I was a teenager. I was getting tired of those Cindy Crawford workout videos which were my saving grace throughout the winters before the Wii was invented. I seemed to have the strange notion that whomever I worked out to, my body would appear like, so of course, Richard Simmons was out and Cindy was in. More than and over once more. Now I realize how substantially of a consumer I was.

It does not matter no matter whether the system is electrical, chemical, mechanical, biological or economical. So that, the notions of race grow to be challenged by the amorphous and intertwined entity with nervous system-like tentacles and tendrils and myriad interconnections, stuffed with technicized mnemonics, memes and information-engorged and embedded inside the Net as cyber babble.

In Ellul’s conception, then, life is not content in a civilization dominated by strategy. Even the outward show of happiness is bought at the price tag of total acquiescence. The technological society requires guys to be content with what they are expected to like for those who are not content material, it supplies distractions-escape into absorption with technically dominated media of popular culture and communication. And the process is a all-natural one particular: each component of a technical civilization responds to the social want generated by approach itself. Progress then consists in progressive de-humanization-a busy, pointless, and, in the finish, suicidal submissions to technique.

The leaders of the countries that exist nowadays, are complicit in this charge for various reasons in several strategies. Thoughts games is the order to the new order, making use of the obtainable technological mechanism and their ability to suck in and create a ‘herd mindset of believers and robots’ who would give their life defending and extolling the virtues of their brainwashes.

Ellul declared that ‘there can be no human autonomy in the face of technical autonomy’ (Ellul 1964, p. 138). He insisted that technological autonomy reduces the human getting to ‘a slug inserted into a slot machine’ (p. 135). Critics of the notion of technological autonomy argue that technology is itself shaped by society and is topic to human manage.