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TOWARDS NETWORKED COMMUNION - Jakub Fiala, Karin Valisova

JAKUB FIALA, KARIN VELISOVA Creative Technologists

The ability of the internet to affect human behaviour, trigger emotional reactions and shift moods of entire communities gives rise to questions about its spiritual potential. The internet has been fed with the outputs of human creative endeavours and daily life for several decades, becoming an immense library of collective (un)consciousness. Histories of people alive and dead, records of countless events and emotions, visions of the future - all of this unquestionably has its own gravity and spiritual magnetism. Content itself, accumulated over several generations, is not the only defining quality of the internet. One is tempted to ask: How does the underlying structure of the internet, the particular way how humans and machines are connected to other machines, enable spiritual communion? Can digital transcendence be purely a product of the content, or is such power inherent in the nature of the network itself? (...)

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