Friday, November 10, 2006

Man bites God

A few posts ago I mentioned advances in movie projectors and referred to projecting onto clouds. One reader - Deborah Kelly - sent me an image of her work doing just that(
But what was of more interest was her work as an Activist-Artist.
Having 'Beware of the God' projected in Heaven seems a good way of getting the message across, bearing mind the recent trouble with the Prophet Mohammed cartoons published in Denmark. No one questions the power of Political cartoons; apart from their instant summing up of a situation, they are globally recognised. It is a power that has yet to reach its full potential.
The 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' made the ultimate blasphemy of having God as a Super-computer - it is a belief that gains adherents daily - so it was interesting to note that scientists who build such machines are turning to animation for the next divine upgrade.
It seems that the chips that power computer games are currently the most powerful ones around, and will be the basis for the next Supercomputers, but they will not be for playing games, only rather boring things like curing diseases so the world become over-populated, and designing bombs to cure the problem.
As we all know, there is only one problem in the world - other people - and computer games at least allow us to live in virtual worlds where other people either live by our personal standards or get zapped for not trying. Someone - whose name escapes me for the moment - said "All the Worlds a stage". My guess is that it's a computer game, or soon will be.

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