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  • Author(s) Paul Virilio
  • SubtitleStop-Eject
  • Edition1
  • Published22nd October 2010
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745648637

Stop-Eject

With around 645 million people expected to be displaced Ð by
wars and other catastrophes Ð by 2050, Virilio begins The
Futurism of the Instant by looking at the future of human
settlement and migration through the evolution of the city. What he
finds is an accelerating exodus from the city as we have known it,
an exodus that reverses the desertion of the countryside for the
city in the past. This exodus creates a circulating city of
transients on the move that will remove us further and further from
our native lands en route to the ultimate exile, beyond planet
Earth itself Ð something the world's mad scientists have
already been planning for some time.

Exploring the shifts in scale involved in such population flows
and the fraught and complex relationship between sedentary
settlement and globalization, Virilio considers what the resultant
loss of identity might mean, not only in terms of the exhaustion of
biodiversity, but also in terms of the catastrophic elimination of
temporal diversity, with the compression and fragmentation of time
enabled by the nanotechnologies in an ever increasing acceleration
of reality. This previously unimaginable prospect is brought closer
by the accident of an instant that wipes out all distinction
between past, present and future within the black hole of
globalized interconnectivity.

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  • Author(s) Paul Virilio
  • SubtitleStop-Eject
  • Edition1
  • Published22nd October 2010
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9780745648637

Stop-Eject

With around 645 million people expected to be displaced Ð by
wars and other catastrophes Ð by 2050, Virilio begins The
Futurism of the Instant by looking at the future of human
settlement and migration through the evolution of the city. What he
finds is an accelerating exodus from the city as we have known it,
an exodus that reverses the desertion of the countryside for the
city in the past. This exodus creates a circulating city of
transients on the move that will remove us further and further from
our native lands en route to the ultimate exile, beyond planet
Earth itself Ð something the world's mad scientists have
already been planning for some time.

Exploring the shifts in scale involved in such population flows
and the fraught and complex relationship between sedentary
settlement and globalization, Virilio considers what the resultant
loss of identity might mean, not only in terms of the exhaustion of
biodiversity, but also in terms of the catastrophic elimination of
temporal diversity, with the compression and fragmentation of time
enabled by the nanotechnologies in an ever increasing acceleration
of reality. This previously unimaginable prospect is brought closer
by the accident of an instant that wipes out all distinction
between past, present and future within the black hole of
globalized interconnectivity.

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