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Past Tense

Richard Burke in his excellent book “Connections” states in his conclusion that the more technology becomes complex, the more esoteric the language that it refers to becomes. I find myself thinking about this and the speed with new technology is changing our world. Will things ever become so fast that we wont be able to come up with words to understand what is happening fast enough? McLuhan said in the Gutenberg Galaxy that we drive into the future looking into the rear view mirror of the past. Yet if we can not come up with works fast enough to describe what is happening in the present are we not doomed to be speaking in past tense? Will our ability to comprehend be out run by the rate of change so that the only ones that can keep up will be computers making the discovery? Perhaps when we ask them what is new they would only reply, “ Ancient history”

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