Tin Foil Hat
Network culture has become the most vital of the humanities!
William Gibson said in 1993, "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed." Since then, the distribution apparatus of the Future has gone into overdrive and innovations and understanding of everything from technology, biology, the planet, the cosmos are skyrocketing at an unprecedented rate thanks to the rise of network culture. It's brilliant, awesome, terrifying and strange, has immense power both good and evil, and it demands my full attention.
Life in the graph so far has proved it's worth in that once you've immersed, it's nearly impossible to imagine going back to an unnetworked life (who would you even be?). But it's also proved to be riddled with spies, dangers, failures, and "Norman doors." If we're to survive the coming waves of next-level disruption, we need to be intentional about what deserves preserving, collaborate on a vision for the world post-disruption, and design a path to get us all there.
Design thinking can help identify and solve the right problems. Designers can broker the relationship between humans and computers to get everyone not only participating the network, but also creating it for themselves. And designers can make sure technology and network culture support and amplify real human connections and community, instead of letting it slowly divide us. Designers have some significant power to save the world if we don't destroy it first. My mission is to devote whatever passion and skill I have for design toward making our future one of the good ones.