Friday, November 9, 2007

The Transcendental Nature of the Web

In her blog, Acronym, Lisa Junker blogged about an impressive video that visually explains the evolution towards Web 2.0.

"Michael Wesch, a professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, lays out a lot of the major issues surrounding Web 2.0 in a short video called “The Machine Is Us/ing Us.” "

Content has become the enabler to linking to other content and people. It points to the thought that the web is the most evolved construct for tacit or informal knowledge internalization, i.e. providing all connected people the ability to act effectively. We thus become the free and willing instruments of a superb meta-machine.

I just wonder whether we've reached a singularity point were the meta-machine has attained self-awareness yet. Maybe it has, but we, mere body cells, just will never know...