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Evolution drove our ancestors to produce human social organization, culture and the technologies on which we rely. Now technology is evolving faster than human culture and is moving toward greater complexity, specialization, connection, perception, and scale. Technology exists because people want it for what it can provide us. But what does it want? And what does it want from us? Can we perceive direction in its evolution? Can asking such questions help us better understand the world that technology, as well as humanity is shaping? Can considering these questions help us to better understand our relationship to the technologies that we use? Can it help us see how we and our society and our culture and our technologies are co-evolving?
Mike Wolf lives in Blue Hill, travels the World Wide Web daily, and still writes software. He is both hopeful and concerned about where technology is leading us and looks forward to discussing it with others.
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