La Mediateca de Sendai, proyecto que en el 2006 obtuvo la Medalla de Oro Real por el Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), puede ser aplaudida desde diversos aspectos: su innovación estructural, su versatilidad funcional y el significado para los habitantes de Sendai. Pero tal vez lo que ha hecho de este edificio un hito es que ha intentado plasmar en arquitectura la eteriedad, fluidez, multidireccionalidad y virtualismo del mundo informático que caracteriza nuestra época.
To illustrate his point, Ravi compares religion and spirituality to love and marriage. They can co-exist, but at the same time, they can be separate. “I don’t think one needs to be against religion as I used to be, but the problem is that religious belief interferes with inquiry.” He is quick to acknowledge that some religious organizations provide much needed social services, like caring for homeless families or providing food and shelter during natural disasters, and for that he is grateful. “But if one wishes to nourish a spiritual body, not merely an intellectual inquiry, but to undergo a quest or a search, I am persuaded that religions have nothing to do with it.”
There was no reason for any of us to be bored as we had full individual terminal service. People are so used to the computer net today that it is easy to forget what a window to the world it can be… and I include myself. One can grow so canalized in using a terminal only in certain ways… paying bills, making telephonic calls, listening to news bulletins… that one can neglect its richer uses. If a subscriber is willing to pay for the service, almost anything can be done at a terminal that can be done out of bed.
Live music? I could punch in a concert going on live in Berkeley this evening, but a concert given ten years ago in London, its conductor long dead, is just as “live,” just as immediate, as any listed on today’s program. Electrons don’t care. Once data of any sort go into the net, time is frozen. All that is necessary is to remember that all the endless riches of the past are available any time you punch for them.
Robert A. Heinlein in Friday. 1982.
So is family a state of mind?