The Machine


Somewhere in the city. Somewhere in my mind! Photo by lilypenelope


September 16, 2009 at 3:24 PM Detlef Cordes said...

This reminds me of Fritz Lang's film Metropolis. Pipes and valves in the mind: that metaphor still makes sense to me.

How is it with the modern machines: hard- and software for all kinds of computers? OK: If you forgot something you might say: "I'll search for it on my hard drive."

But do the new machines give us pictures? I don't know how my laptop looks inside. How does the internet look like? What would this picture look like transposed into the world of the new media machines?

September 16, 2009 at 5:14 PM Lily Penelope said...

As in the metaphor of Lang's movie it's all in your mind. The beauty of modern machines relies in the fact that their "memory" is mostly a storage where your ideas are stacked. A parallel brain, whose sophistication is based on our inputs. Isn't it weird that when something goes wrong in the modern machines we feel as if something was wrong inside of us?

September 16, 2009 at 5:35 PM Detlef said...

"A parallel brain" - I'd say that's a modern metaphor. But can you photograph or paint it? I doubt that.

And is storage and linking of information all our brain does? I think the modern machines will lead us to a new definition of what the exclusively human quality of the brain really is.