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The Wise Use of Technology

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Many Buddhist figures have things to say about wise engagement with technology, but many of these same figures are not technologists themselves, and so have a limited view, or understanding, of the full range of what technology is, and perhaps of what it means. This week, to explore these very questions, we speak again with leading technologist Kevin Kelly. He shares his unique view on how technology should be selectively minimized on the individual level, while simultaneously maximizing the pool of technologies in the world at large.
We also explore the parallel philosophies of Buddhism—especially with regards to its emphases on interdependence and impermanence—with the cybernetic process philosophy that Kelly is familar with. This techno-geek-philosophy shares many overlapping views on the nature of reality, but is strikingly different in many ways.
This is part 2 of a two-part series. Listen to part 1, The Technium.
Episode Links:
What Technology Wants ( )
“When the Mind Wanders, Happiness Also Strays” ( )
Cool Tools ( )
What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry ( )

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