He went on to explain his core problem with the Media Lab and the digital universe these technology pioneers were envisioning: “They want to recreate the womb.” As Leary the psychologist saw it, the boys building our digital future were developing technology to simulate the ideal woman — the one their mothers could never be. Unlike their human mothers, a predictive algorithm could anticipate their every need in advance and…
Sci-fi fantasies, like Monika Bielskyte states, become product roadmaps.
This metaphor speaks exactly to this reality and what it implies; that community members are running full-steam ahead into their identities as parasites of their own creation. However, instead of being cherubic fetuses, they're feeding off of society, drastically more than they're contributing to it.
A question I'd ask others: who, and how, could community members push against this dynamic? And, what metaphor better represents community support, engagement, and development?