understanding tech

adding page because of this tweet by michael bhaskar

What are the most important/interesting novels and films for understanding technology?

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/michaelbhaskar/status/1506575467767386116

some responses include:

Frankenstein. Metropolis. Apollo 13. Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’..Ex Machina’s certainly one..The social dilemma..Jeff Noon’s Pixel Juice?

i asked.. the tech we’ve had to date? or the tech we could have?

because.. mufleh humanity lawwe have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity– Luma Mufleh

looking thru film quotes.. to me right now.. probably this one for potential..

(as i see our greatest need.. a means to undo our hierarchical listening so we can org around legit needs):

quotes from the f-it list:

59 min – you said.. success is becoming one’s true best self.. achieving one’s potential.. i can’t.. i cannot do that with you and move paving the road in front of me.. when everything is about this class and that instrument and this grade.. it just can’t be all that growing up is about.. i have to be able to make decisions for myself


maté parenting law.. graeber parent/care law

supposed to’s.. of school/work

curiosity over decision making ..beyond finite set of choices

1:09 – last week i was so sure of everything.. college.. my future.. now it’s all just gone

ok look.. beyond the horizon.. it’s unknown..  your future.. just waiting for you to discover it.. while you’re standing here.. stuck.. that’s all you get to control.. and what kills the future is fear.. your (list) showed me that.. and the question is.. what would you do if you had no fear.. i hope you get what you need

itch in the soul ness

1:12 – mom: we’re trying to get rid of the un part and get to the known part.. that’s what we do

1:13 – theme: conquering my fear of finding my voice.. (harvard doesn’t care about that) .. but they said  (who cares what they said.. they’re a profit making enterprise.. their motive is to stop your little movement.. all designed to bind kids to machinery.. for a piece of paper).. that could be our theme (the system isn’t perfect.. but it’s the system.. don’t try and change it.. exploit it).. just tell me what’s right (i am.. you had it right for last 15 yrs.. go to harvard.. then you can do whatever you want with your life.. your theme.. contrition.. want to get life back on track and harvard is place to do that).. yeah.. i can write that

voice ness

1:17 – mom: what’s he doing  dad: he’s thinking  mom: shouldn’t he be doing that in front of a computer (floating in pool)

1:24 – my dad says success is about becoming your true self.. how many parents really want their kids to do that.. parents and institutions ignore evidence about how to raise happy children.. and then expect us to be happy or force us to be just as unhappy as them

1:25 – so why doesn’t the system adapt..? because the system is more dedicated to itself than to future generations.. i am not contrite.. the system rewards drones.. rule followers.. to continue the cycle.. for years my dreams sanded down so i could fit into the mech of this machine.. 

2:26 – my friend tells me what kills your future is fear.. what kills the pursuit of the unknown.. so now.. i am out hearing running in fresh snow where there are no tracks.. i have no idea where i’m going.. but i know it will be some place i couldn’t possibly discover while transcending the passage ways of your institution.. thankful for your offer .. but in most respectful way.. f-it.. harvard’s not for me

1:28 – mom: when we finally had you.. it was everything.. but along the way i lost track of who i was (gave up architecture).. i started living thru you.. because i had been living for you.. kid as measure of success.. it blows.. reading the essay you posted.. i remember.. that applies to me

1:30 – they (harvard) know all too well the problem with the system.. they still want you..(then everyone happy he’s going to harvard)


1:32 – (you’ve become the voice of your generation).. i don’t know.. if there’s one thing we’ve learned .. it’s that this gen doesn’t need a voice.. we all have our own

voice ness

1:37 – blew off harvard.. even though they kept offering.. finally.. a guest professorship.. maybe


1\ undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) can happen

2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b legit free people


michael responded (to past or potential?).. ‘both.. probably more the latter’

since i see our greatest need for tech: a means to undo our hierarchical listening.. anything showing how most people are other people.. like whales living in sea world.. we all need detox.. tech could do/be that.. f it list comes to mind




tech as it could be

imagine if we just focused on listening to the itch-in-8b-souls.. first thing.. everyday.. and used that data to augment our interconnectedness.. we might just get to a more antifragile, healthy, thriving world.. the ecosystem we keep longing for..

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people




roy bhaskar