Maths and science still scare people. It’s not just a Frankenstein complex. Sometimes they can seem separate and inhuman, the devices that surround them impenetrable. Charlie Chaplin’s tramp tangled in a machine’s innards remains the perfect representation of the sense of disempowerment that people often feel in the face of such things.
But scientific process and technological development come, ultimately, from human thinking. They are ours, not separate from us. We sustain them as much as they sustain us. One day perhaps, programs will evolve that are so advanced they can run on thought alone. Organic software for new calculations.
Damian Mark Whittle