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    The ‘all-at-oncess’ of the network penetrates our psyche.

    Unconsciously, we want to be in tune with the immediacy of the grid.

    A lack of presence is incompatible with our electronic environment.

    Detachment is the highest value in a literate culture.
    Detachment is absurd when you are connected to everyone and everything.

    Our electronic media simultaneously push us towards and tear us away from the roots of presence.

    We are torn between two seemingly incompatible sources of now: the ‘here and now’ of the real world, and the ‘real-time now’ of the virtual.

    Sitting in front of a computer, staring at a monitor we lose our tenuous link to the here and now all around us.

    Trapped in a chair, our body is numb, frozen, disconnected from our thinking and experiencing. Our peripheral vision is turned off. Our sensual landscape narrows and becomes all figure no ground. The crucial mind, body, world circuit - which is the source of all presence - is broken.

    But we’re at a turning point.
    The tablet is the first baby step towards reawakening our bodies from a long slumber.

    Gesture is becoming an interface and a language.

    “When a medium is coincident with life, the last refuge for humanism is gone. The long story of humanism — by which I mean the emergence of individual consciousness as a byproduct of our language and literature — comes to an end when we return, futuristically, to doing everything by hand.” - Gary Wolf

    The next generation of ambient, tangible, and biological interfaces will begin to truly merge the real and the virtual into a single reality.

    The roots of presence will once again flow from a single source.

    Physics and metaphysics will become one.

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