Technology Controlling Our Unconscious Thought

From the words of Hayles, “Through such intermediations, computation evolves into something more than a technical practice, though of course it is also that. It becomes a powerful way to reveal to us the implications of our contemporary situation, creating revelations that work both within and beneath conscious thought” (157). The technical world that is surrounding us now in our society today is something that is going to get bigger in years to come. We are becoming one with technology because we think and act with technology on a daily basis. Technology is now in our conscious; we think and speak technology everyday; we treat it just like it was a human being or something in reality. “Rather, human agency operates within complex systems, in which nonhuman actors play important roles” (Hayles 131). We play the role of the operator, and the machine is the actor. We tell the machine what to do, and it does it; we tell the machine to do a certain act, and it completes it within seconds or moments. Furthermore with computers leading the way in the world, is Murray’s point of view that the computer is becoming so real, that it is like it is another being in the human world. Murray states, “The compelling spatial reality of the computer will also lead to viral environments that are extensions of the fictional world” (255). Computers are now becoming a part of our reality in the human world; we literally rely on our technology everyday for everything. Within Murray’s Chapter 9 of Hamlet on the Holodeck, she even believes that our computers are becoming one with the real world because of the various actions they can do. With all of the digital technology that we have within the world, does this mean the end of books, too? Within the article, “The End of Books,” written by Robert Coover, he states, “Indeed, the very proliferation of books and other print-based media, so prevalent in this forest-harvesting, paper-wasting age, is held to be a sign of its feverish moribundity, the last futile gasp of a once vital form before it finally passes away forever, dead as God. Which would mean of course that the novel, too, as we know it, has come to its end” (Coover). Coover is spelling out within his own words that the age of books is coming to its glorious end if the whole technology thing is going to keep going as strong as it does right now. From us humans being so dependent on the technology that is going on in today’s world, will the end of books come to us soon? Will technology be something that is so real that it will eventually overtake humans? All of these questions pop into my mind as I read articles and chapters of the books that are being written from various authors. So, is technology going to win over the human mind soon? Maybe someday we will be living in a world ruled by computers, but for now, I like the world just as it is.

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