“The theoretical power of MET lies precisely in providing a new means of studying the complex nature of interactions between the internal and the external resources of human cognition as well as the role of cultural practices in the orchestration of human cognitive processes.” (Malafouris, 38)
“Is this the (apparently inescapable) cutthroat/back stab/patent-that-shit aspect of this new technology an extension of the individuals’ mind, a reflection of the system in which it operates, or a sort of combination?” (Zev)
Through my observations, and through many class discussions, it seems to me like when we engage with technology we inhabit the machine, and the machine inhabits us. In a sense technology is a reflection of human consciousness developing and evolving as a whole. Right now we are evolving so quickly that we have trouble comprehending and thus, “humanity’s creations had evolved past their inventors.” (Doctorow, 102). I observed how quickly a group of students were able to grasp new software’s, and I think that that in itself shows how our brains through time have become programmed by our programming.
“This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium -that is of any extension of ourselves-result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.” -Marshall McLuhan (Steph’s paper)