Every aspect of culture and economy is transforming through a process of digitization that creates new systems of archives, representations and reproduction technologies that portend a Web 3.0 and Web 4.0, where all production - material and immaterial - will be digitally designed and coordinated through distributed information systems.
We witness the rise of a new absolute power. Google transfers its radical politics from cyberspace to reality. It will earn its money by knowing, manipulating, controlling the reality and cutting it into the tiniest pieces.
It's time for the 2014 edition of the state of the world conversation with Bruce Sterling and Jon Lebkowsky. The WELL has hosted this conversation every year since 2000, ranging free through the worlds of technology, design, politics, high and low culture, and fashion.