16 May 2011 /

the best and worst of possible worlds

By wayne clements

Based on a 1982 text by leading British cyberneticist Gordon Pask, The Best and Worst of Possible Worlds imagines a future in which “information, communication and control systems dominate”. This is a world in which commuting is already a thing of the past, in which class distinctions have been abolished, and where education now teaches “social skills, maturity and general demeanour”. Also it is a world where many people are recluses and only communicate electronically. Pask’s world represents the hopes and fears of a future world that has both already happened and never will… (Wayne Clements)

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