Richard Anderson, Jon Kolko
In our cover story, Bruce Sterling notes: "We have entered an unimagined culture. In this world of search engines and cross-links, of keywords and networks, the solid smokestacks of yesterday's disciplines have blown out. Instead of being armored in technique, or sheltered within subculture, design and science fiction have become like two silk balloons, two frail, polymorphic pockets of hot air, floating in a generally tainted cultural atmosphere." A tough message, for both technologists and designers, as Sterling's reference to hot air is not to be taken lightly. We've reached a point in culture, and in the design of…
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