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Into the Universe of Technical Images$
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Vilém Flusser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670208

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670208.001.0001

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Into the Universe of Technical Images

Vilém Flusser

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses telematics as a technology that permits all fabricated information to be stored in permanent memory. In telematic dialogues, human and artificial memories exchange information to synthesize new information and to store it artificially. In this way, not only the new information but also the human memories that produced it are protected from oblivion. The real intention of telematics is to become immortal because it fosters an awareness that freedom lies not only in producing information but also in preserving this information from natural entropy—that we create not to die. If we compare natural history with cultural history, that is, the random with the strategic production of information, intentional creation (freedom) appears in a new light. In particular, it appears that in both cases, a discontinuous progress is occurring amid general ruin. Even in cultural history, each new level of information begins to decay as soon as it appears. Telematics will put an end to this problematic situation by allowing information generation and storage without a material support.

Keywords:   telematics, information, memory, dialogue, freedom, natural history, cultural history, information generation, information storage

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