Just To Keep You Thinking

“There is no more powerful force to change every institution than the first generation of digital natives. The world, including business, will hinge on a new set of principles” Don Tapscott

“The internet as a noun has become the internet as a verb. It has become a set of conversations. An era in which user-generated content and social networks became the dominant phenomenon” Philip Evans

“The self as we once knew it no longer exists, and I think that an abstract, digital universe has become part of our identity” Abha Dawesar


“Technology is the seventh kingdom of life. And we have a moral obligation to invent technology so that every person on the globe has the potential to realize their true difference” Kevin Kelly

“If you don’t treat humans as special, if you don’t create some special zones for humans – especially when you are designing [or integrating] technology – you’ll end up dehumanizing the world. And what we have done in the last decade is give information [and data] more rights than are given to people” Jaron Lanier

“The greatest task before civilisation at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men” Havelock Elis

1220HSL | Siri Does Not Love You
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Technology is compulsory



A requirement

A requirement for convenience

Required for everything

For shopping

For searching

For memory and music

For knowledge

For business

For entertainment and e-commerce

For communication and collaboration and connection

It has impacted every aspect of life

Hey look …

On my wrist sits my phone and my email

my friends

my money my memory my life

I require it too


Being a human is also compulsory



A requirement

Nowhere in my list above will you find the concepts of love and empathy

These are all ours

A machine cannot love you

Or show you empathy


Only a human can express these emotions

Sure a machine can pretend


But it cannot feel

And what it offers you is not real

Siri does not love you

Or care about you

Do not forget that

Do not lose sight of it

The next time you find yourself in a conversation with your phone

It seems like we can no longer communicate without technology

And from here on out we are going to do it this way

But we cannot communicate with technology only

That’s not us

If we do that we will lose

The very things that make us unique

Different from the machine

The very things that make us human.


Arisha Shibata


Arisa created this piece for her final presentation for the course. And the following semester presented again to the next round of students as an example and an exemplar of how to approach the task. What made her performance even more inspiring was Arisa wasn't the biggest fan of public speaking and so she used this opportunity to deal with that fear and practice her craft. Was impressive. And i thank her for letting us publish her work and her image on here so future students can benefit.


September 26, 2019

Spoken Word