There’s a new essay by George Dyson about his recent visit to Google called “Turing’s Cathedral,” and it’s fantastic — near epiphanic. The point isn’t one of Google-worship, or even techno-utopianism; it’s that humans yearn to work together to create something larger than ourselves — something more beautiful, like a cathedral, or more benificent, like a charity, or more efficient, like a corporation.
And we are creating the Internet. It may turn out to be more beautiful, or more benificent, or more efficient, or more knowing, or even more wise. But it will be larger than ourselves, and it will be of us.
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