Technology wants to become art: beautiful and “useless”?

Technology does not want to remain utilitarian. It wants to become art, to be beautiful and ‘useless’….Witness sailboats, open convertible cars, fountain pens, and fireplaces. -Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants, p.324

I’ve seen beautiful sailboats, but I don’t know how many people call them art, although Julien Berthier might disagree. Still, art is not useless, and putting it in quotes is patronizing. Regardless of utility, if technology “wants” to be beautiful, it might not choose art as a great example. Art can be purpose-driven, and possibly even ugly.

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One thought on “Technology wants to become art: beautiful and “useless”?

  1. I for one am glad that right now technology doesn’t want anything. It does what we tell it to do. So does art. The day technology starts wanting anything, we’re all borked.

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