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Star Trek presents a future that is simultaneously much more technological but in which our relationship with technology is more human; the question that is of most importance to me (information retrieval) is practically omitted.

Travelling, I’m reminded of the new trend of blasting music in public bathrooms (lavatories), such as in airports and coworking spaces. Perhaps unsurprisingly, our desire never to be bored or face our own thoughts makes a mockery of real joy and diversion.

Idle thought: in computing we have compute, storage, network. One might say that these are analogous to (individual/group): thinking/collaborating, saving/sharing, but we appear no standalone concept for communication (group) but with oneself.

I have a Cannon Typestar 10II, a typewriter that lets the user type and edit a line in the machine’s memory before printing. But, it has no ports: you can’t use to with your computer to type or print. It is the physical equivalent of closed software and data structures.

Imagine a road between locations A and B, but that can followed only from A and is invisible when at B; imagine also that, when challenged, the engineers say:

“You mean back-roads? Yeah, these guys drive around tell us where some roads go but don’t give us the map. Cool right?”