So many of our stories about technology and our paradigms for it refer to Greek and Roman myth and language: we name rocket ships “Apollo” and communication devices “telephone,” a human-machine interface a “cyborg.” It shapes not only the names for the technology we create, but the type of technology we create. I wondered what technologies a largely African diasporic culture might build, what stories its people might tell itself about technology. So a communication device that sees and hears becomes a “four-eye;” literally, a seer. The artificial intelligence that safeguards all the people in a planetary system becomes Granny Nanny, named after the revolutionary and magic worker who won independent rule in Jamaica for the Maroons who had run away from slavery. Rather than being a “Big Brother” paradigm it is an affectionate reference to her sense of love, care, and duty. The operating system that runs a dwelling is an “eshu,” named after the West African deity who can be in all places at once, who is the ghost in the machine.
Nalo Hopkinson (via datadrudge)
I think about this EVERY TIME they name a new object in space. It’s like.. even the next frontier has been made White.There’s like literally nothing to look forward to. The future is White.
Been thinkinhg about this for MONTHS NOW
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