© 2005 Allen Ring
I was once an engineer in the defense business.
Then the "evil
empire" fell and the great bear limped off the cold war
America's adversaries became third world malcontents, shifting
shades of gray.
during the arms race, or maybe after the space race, we changed
our relationship with technology.
We began to advance technology for technology's sake.
Functional elegance was mangled by feature creep.
The flashing zeros of the VCR became the first universal icon that human-hostile
technology had invaded.
most of recorded history we nurtured, cherished and honored our
machines. Now we barely understand the throw away machines of our disposable
goes the art? Where went the heart of technology?