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In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure by Mark Burgess
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“We shall have to stop thinking of technology as something invulnerable that is merely used by humans, and view it as part of a greater cybernetic ecology all around us. The key distinction in an environment is not between ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’, but between semantic and dynamic: intention and behaviour. Biology has already drawn these lines, and through us, it will integrate the inanimate with the animate in information systems, until we no longer see a pertinent difference between the two.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“our perceptions of being ‘in control’ always have a lot to do with scale at we focus our attention – and, by implication, the information that is omitted. We sometimes think we are in control because we either don’t have or choose not to see the full picture.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“Autonomous and voluntary behaviour.” These words, hewn from the discussion about avoiding conflicting interests, strike fear in the hearts of technologists. “Control and determinism” are the words they want to hear — those over-sold consorts of certainty.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“Physics is thus a creative work of abstraction, far from the theory of everything that is sometimes claimed. For about a century, then, determinism was assumed to exist and to be the first requirement to be able to exert precise control over the world. This has come to dominate our cultural attitudes towards control. Today, determinism is known to be fundamentally false, and yet the illusion of determinism is still clung onto with fervour in our human world of bulk materials, artificial environments, computers and information systems.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“Dynamics Concerning forces and changes in the world.   Semantics Concerning meaning, interpretation and intent.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“We suffer sometimes from the hubris of believing that control is a matter of applying sufficient force, or a sufficiently detailed set of instructions.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“We sometimes think we are in control because we either don’t have or choose not to see the full picture.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“Using a microscope we can see a little of what happens on a small scale, and using satellites and other remote tools we can capture imagery on a scale larger than ourselves, but when we are looking down the microscope we cannot see the clouds, and when we are looking through the satellite, we cannot perceive bacteria.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“We also use that limitation purposely as a tool to understand things, to form the illusion of mastery and control over a limited scale of things, because by being able to isolate only a part of the world, we reduce a hopeless problem to a manageable one.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure
“The more details we can see, the less we have a sense of control. This is why layers of management in an organization tend to separate from the hands-on workers. It is not a class distinction, but a skill separation.”
Mark Burgess, In Search of Certainty: The Science of Our Information Infrastructure