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“It was really nice to walk in and see a big group of people in a small space not looking at phones, not watching things. I was close to most of the people there, but it was different. We shared more stories and more intimate stories than we would have otherwise.” (Elise Michael, student)

“We ended up staying up until 2 a.m. and spending five hours huddled around a coffee table with candles, talking. With the power on, we never would have bonded like that.” (Matt Field)

“It made me realize how beautiful it is,” he said. “That’s one of the few times in my life I’ve ever done that. And it was so beautiful.” (Eric Borb, bar owner, after spending two hours sitting on his fire escape just staring at the night sky.

New York Blackout Kills Phones, Revives Ancient Art Of Actually Speaking To People

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On technologies and consciousness

An interesting article in the Noetic Now Journal: Archetypes of the Cloud: Adventures in Cyberspace, by Steven Vedro, author of Digital Dharma: A User’s Guide to Expanding Consciousness in the Age of the Infosphere that uses the technologies of the Infosphere as metaphors on the path of evolving “teleconsciousness”.

As we “become data naked”, deprived of privacy, develop our “collective nervous system” and make our way from the Web to the Cloud, Steven Vedro asks:

Our technologies are the products of our evolving consciousness, and they also change our consciousness. Yet it is from the deeper well of consciousness—from myth and metaphor—that we will draw the wisdom to guide us through this transformative shift. As our communications structures move from interconnected networks to entire environments of distributed (cloud) intelligence, the challenge is no longer “How do I relate to the other beings in this world?” but the transpersonal question of “What are we cocreating in every moment of that connection?”

Like it or not, we are now all connected, and now, with the advancement of Cloud Computing, we have never seen before opportunities to share our resources, intelligence, and creative work with others. I think that is the way that we will change the world at last – but first we need to start with changing ourselves. As I was reflecting yesterday, the digital world is a mere reflection of the physical world, amplified with all its joys and sorrows. Technologies are just tools, neither good or bad. The way we use them is individual choice. Vedro goes on:

This scenario has, of course, a frightening side. In service to our lower selves, these technologies can lead us into a beehive-like world devoid of quiet personal space, where physical nature and even human love are replaced by computer simulations. Global corporations will extend their control to the most remote corners of the planet, where the smallest personal action is tracked in giant marketing databases. But when seen through the lens of metaphor, the very structure of the cloud offers us a path to a very different outcome. Cloud technologies show how people can be not only individual transmitters and receivers—the infinite but separate reflecting jewels on Indra’s web—but also part of a joyously, noisily communicating system. And with that awareness comes the chance to see in the cloud reflections of a paradigm shift in human consciousness: the modeling of a world where we connect not only with every other being but also through that interconnection simultaneously with something greater then ourselves.

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