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23 AUGUST 2010

Pioneering colour photography showing everyday Russian life

"Three young women offer berries to visitors to their izba, a traditional wooden house, in a rural area along the Sheksna River, near the town of Kirillov."

(Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)

[The photograph was created by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin–Gorskii in 1909 as part of his survey of the Russian Empire. The image was created using an early 3–colour technique and was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II.]

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Simon Perkins
01 DECEMBER 2008

E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops

"The story describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth, and most of the human population lives below ground. Each individual lives in isolation in a standard 'cell', with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the omnipotent, global Machine. Travel is permitted but unpopular and rarely necessary. The entire population communicates through a kind of instant messaging/video conferencing machine called the speaking apparatus, with which they conduct their only activity, the sharing of ideas and knowledge with each other.
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Clearly, even in 1909 Forster was deeply concerned that Man was in danger of becoming unable to live without the technology that he created, and of forgetting that it was he who created it.

The story predicted several technological and social innovations, such as the 'cinemataphote' (television) and videoconferencing. Forster also sought to establish the value of direct experience, which is threatened by excessive involvement in virtual communities. This shows remarkable foresight, and the book describes many nuances of "online life" over 70 years before the Internet was even invented."
(Jacques de Beaufort)

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Simon Perkins
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