We have erred by conflating machines and technology, the past and the future, the means and the ends.

No fact of modern life is more important than the social and commercial movement of technology. For humans, there is even a spiritual aspect to technology as a technique for living. How surprising it is! The technological phenomenon is so little understood from the larger perspective. We are only beginning to see relations between social goals and the autonomous movement of technology.

The social thinking about technology is truly primitive in character. It begins with controversial, obscure social theories not with deep understanding of technology as a human way. Most thinking on the subject seems to go forwards, only to go backwards. By contrast, we will go backwards to go forward.

We will end with a concept of paleofuturism, a rethinking of the autonomous technological future, what it could and should be.


Inexperience and inattentiveness makes us less empathetic. We miss the truth.

It was very early and only the morning shift workers had entered the cafe. It was still dark but for the lights shining through the cafe’s large windows. The early morning regular was patiently waiting outside at the door.

In the day time, the street was busy with tourists walking on the sidewalk and cars driving slowly through the little street. But in the early hours the street was quiet. The regular liked to stand on the sidewalk, with his own coffee mug, for a few minutes before the doors were unlocked. He looked at nothing in particular but always seemed to be listening for something.

“Last month he lost his job,” the older waiter said.

“Well, that’s not too unusual right now, but it’s tough.”

“He’s an old man. It’s hard to find a job. His wife left him too.”