|Visions of the Information Society|
The two major visions of the emerging information society, according to my colleague Kimon Valaskakis, President of the GAMMA Institute, are the telematique scenario and the privatique scenario. The telematique scenario, based on television, envisions a few large sources beaming information down a great electronic highway to millions of destinations. The privatique scenario, based on telephony, envisions a network of nodes, at which everyone is source as well as destination.
As a psychologist, my role is to nag him that this neat dichotomy is complicated somewhat by the "pique" scenario, in which people say "they are building better and better mousetraps and selling them to the mice - it is time to squeak up." What will eventually emerge is some complex amalgam of those scenarios.
THE NEED FOR CONVIVIAL ENVIRONMENTS
Pessimistic Vision of Physical Environments
In The Three Boxes of Life, Richard Bolles argues that we typically lead our lives in three boxes: the education box, in which we spend most of our time learning; the work box, in which we spend most of our time working; and the retirement box, in which we spend most of our time playing. We tend to have three sets of space boxes to correspond to those three sets of time boxes. We learn in the school box, work in the office/factory box, and play in the home box. Let us look at the pessimistic vision of the emerging information society, with respect to each of those "boxes" in turn.
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