By Douglas Coupland
Douglas Coupland, one of many world's largest cultural brains, takes an inside of examine the worldwide corporation that retains us attached, and wonders what all that connectivity is doing to our brains and our feel of ourselves as humans.
The incomparable Douglas Coupland experiences from contained in the company workplaces and technology labs of Alcatel-Lucent, a globally influential company whose paintings is basically unknown to shoppers. "Were it to fade tomorrow," he writes, "our glossy international might grind to a halt. the net may implode--your web may implode." even supposing his exam of the corporate is playful and engaging in its personal correct, Coupland's account is pushed through his considerate reflections at the better cultural and sociological value of the transformative details know-how Alcatel works on: fiber twine, microprocessors, the net and cellular applied sciences. And by means of a bigger meditation approximately what the web is doing to us because it relentlessly colonizes the planet, and our brains.
Like Coupland's top paintings, Kitten Clone is a wildly pleasing but penetrating stumble upon with the technological and cultural forces that encompass us. and in addition a stunning and targeted exploration of a potential destiny.
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