After Y2K: Time, Andre the giant and other democratic avatar
Lewis, J. and Best, K. (2002) After Y2K: Time, Andre the giant and other democratic avatar. In: International Conference on Cultural Attitudes Towards Culture and Technology: The Net(s) of Power: Language, Culture and Technology (CATaC '02), 12 - 15 July 2002, Montreal, Canada.
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And the New Year arrived. The New Millenium. Just another day in a lifetime of similar days. But each one of them crowded with possibility. The possibility of disaster, the possibility of perfection ... What would become of them? I wondered. In another hundred years would they all be born in test tubes or perhaps evolve through computers to become groups of disembodied digitised intelligence machines . . . In a hundred years would they be living on other planets? Would the Earth still exist? Would they engineer themselves genetically so that disease was a thing of the past? Would they all become just one big multi-ethnic race? Will they discover the secret of the universe? ... Will they all speak the same language in the future? Will they make love? Maybe there will be more than two sexes. Will they still believe life is sacred? Will it matter? Do we matter? (Hal Hartley, The Book of Life, Fr. 2000).
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