Inventing the new millennium
[opening paragraph]: One of the more endearing quirks of Cybernetics and Human Knowing has been the way the editor has always made explicit room for the arts, finding a new artist for each issue. So I consider it appropriate in this column to write about creativity and generosity, the internet and electronic arts, especially after the publication of Peter Bogh's article on the internet as a self-organising system (Bogh Andersen 1998) which shows us (should any of us have doubted it) that the internet is indeed a system that is thoroughly cybernetic. It seems to me that cybernetics is one of the areas of endeavour that offers us the greatest novelty of insight as well as the greatest insight into novelty. That's a reason I am so attached to it. In a cybernetic world, even precise repetition is statement anew. When I remember this, I find both the repetitive world of boredom, and the (contrasting) ever-changing world, easier to live in. Risking sounding like a homegrown philosopher, the boredom comes about through my inability to keep in mind the precision of the new. The ever-changing world is difficult because I expect the world to be unchanging (i.e., I anticipate being bored!).
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: CybernEthics Research, 52 Lawrence Road, Southsea, Hants PO5 1NY, UK.
Publication date: 1999-04-01