Reading With Rob: Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff

Chapters 1 – 3

Chapter one (Team Human) Illustrates how most of our technology started as a means to help human. Now, the same technology we created to help is tearing us apart it’s time to be team human again.

Chapter two (Social Animals) illustrates the impact language had on humans. With the development of language we could cooperate and pass of knowledge from generation to generation. This is when humans really started to become social animals. We could learn from other people by imitating others experience.

Chapter three (Learning to Lie) illustrates the introduction of media. How most technology started to help, but was eventually turned into a means by more powerful groups of people to continue an agenda. For Example, Hitler using the radio to spread his message. Technology is creating isolation and it’s our jobs as humans to become conscious of this.

Chapters 4 – 6

Chapter four (Figure and Ground) illustrates how our inventions eventually change to what we work for. For example, school has become a place to train to get a job then a place to expand curiosity and creativity. It is to realize the figure and the ground both and see all sides of the coin.

If we don’t truly know what something is programmed to do, chances are it is programming us. Once that happens, we may as well be machines ourselves.

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Chapter five (The Digital Media Environment) illustrates the with the emergence of new media platforms we believe it to be free. In reality, there are a small number of companies who control the landscape. As the technology retrieves more data from the collective group they become more like living entities.

Chapter six (Mechanomorphism)illustrates how humans are morphing into technology. For example, our smartphone and laptop our extensions of us. With this mindset humans think they can compete with computers on the same level. Computers are amazing at multitasking and can run many programs simutaneously. Humans on the other hand limit their production when trying to multitask.

Book Recommendation on multitasking: The book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan is all about focusing on one thing at a time.

Chapter seven (Economics) illustrates how humans are limited for consuming. Corporations don’t have limits.

The math doesn’t work: we are quickly approaching the moment when we will need a major, civilization-changing innovation to occur on a monthly or even weekly basis in order to support the rate of growth demanded by the underlying operating system. Such sustained exponential growth does not occur in the natural world, except maybe for cancer — and that growth ceases once the host has been consumed.

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Chapter eight (Artificial Intelligence) illustrates the comparison between humans and machines. Humans are concsious and knows what it feels like to look at a cup of coffee while machines don’t.

Chapter nine (From Paradox to Awe) illustrates how technology is creating an artificial awe. Movie and video games create awe, and awe is fertile ground for manipulation. Awe opens the mind to vulnerablility and a great chance of input.

Chapter ten (Spirituality and Ethics) illustrates the introduction of linear time. With the creation of writing people could now keep record of the past. Linear monotheistic religions were born. We began to believe that we are above nature and can manipulate it however we please. We must realize we are nature.

Chapter eleven (Natural Science) illustrates how everything is nature. To realize that every individual thing is a part of the whole. The top soil is the nutrients that the plants we eat absorb. Eventually finding it’s way back to the soil. We are destroying the fertile nutrient dense ground and creating genetically modified stuff to make up for it.

Chapter twelve (Renaissance Now) Illustrates the difference between a renaissance and a revolution. A renaissance takes the old brings it to the new playing field. A revolution attempts to change the new.

Chapter thirteen (Organize) illustrates locality. Making decisions from a nationwide stance makes room for corruption. Starting local is better because it is personal. People personally know the leaders in charge and have the in person discussions.

Chapter fourteen (You Are Not Alone) Illustrates to “Find the Others”. There are other people out in the world that don’t want to destroy the world or become cyborgs. Humans are brought into this world to connect, learn from, and experience life together. It’s time to see things as they are and get back to the way humans are meant to live.

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