Archive for January, 2008

Chardin and Engelbart on noosphere

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Jon Udell’s presentation from CUSEC 2008 talks about Teilhard de Chardin and Douglas Engelbart, how their visions about the future of mankind seemed to be very close to each other. This is a great extension to my talks about Homo contextus, where I also tie in Teilhard de Chardin in addition to Marshall McLuhan.

Engelbart’s vision is crystal clear. It’s a vision of human augmentation. We need to augment human capability in certain ways. In particular, we need to create — and project our minds into — a shared information space that works like a planetary associative memory.

And we need to populate that shared space with tools that support and amplify and extend our natural ability to analyze, visualize, simulate, decide, and act.