re: techno music

Kathryn Aegis (
Mon, 9 Dec 1996 11:42:33 +0000

Anders Sandberg:
>As a friend remarked "Me and my intellectual friends were always arguing
>about whether Kraftwerk were fascists or ironic about fascism". My own
>impression of them is fascination and ambivalence to technology that can
>turn in both directions.

You've brought up a point that I was thinking about last night after
posting my reply. Are we as transhumanists willing to accept, learn
from or even value ambivalence regarding technological progress? Are
we able to laugh at our own hubris and draw strength from that?

The humorous irony that suffuses most of Kraftwerk's compositions
always brings a smile to my face, especially the song they wrote
about the old-style pocket calculators that had musical tones
attached to the number keys. Of course, my view is utterly biased,
as I am madly crushed on Ralf+Florian+Fritz!


Kathryn Aegis