It isn’t often you get to follow a blog and watch someone lose their mind. Or find themselves. This thing could go either way. This is a site about Tekno, a shape-shifting robot from the future and Kozinets, his current channel. It is told in art and words, a graphic novel waiting to happen, emotionally illustrated by music and soundscapes, waiting for the animation as well.
Maybe a meeting of minds for perhaps a small group of select and interested individuals?
If you are looking for something precise, this may be the wrong place for you. The consultants and big data specialists are in the opposite direction. This is a place for contemporary and contemporaneous communal collective contemplation. Contemplation around the idea that new forms of technocultural understanding and creating new belief systems must happen. Or, as Katherine Hayles says, we will either become the computers or become destroyed by them.
Technology is our environment now, for over 95% of our days, moving from connected screen to connected screen, unable to take a break even in dreams. Technologies are our surroundings now, both as increasingly agentic sets of devices and infrastructures, but also culturally as a sacred and beyond-question systemic force as well as a materialist and inexpressible profane ideology.
Tekno, like all technology, is both a benevolent and faithful ally and a massively malevolent virus.
On the various various cultural stages we perform upon, socially, vocationally, educationally, sexually, personally, religiously, technologies are important actors, fulfilling bodies and minds and filling consumers’ contemporary life plots with devices that are thick with new connections, new meanings and actions.
The consumption of contemporary technologies such cell phones and augmented reality are constantly transforming what people can do and how they can do it, irrevocably interacting with and unendingly impacting a range of other social forms to create what are, ostensibly, new forms of culture: the various identities, practices, values, rituals, hierarchies, and other sources and structures of meanings that are influenced, created by, or expressed through the consumption of sophisticated and connected devices like computers and cell phones. Cultures collect around those technologies like colonies of mosquitoes around soaked lands. Videogame virtual landscapes, selfies, TikTok challenges, emojis, avatars, memes, and GIFs are all dreamscapes now.
Technoculture inflects human experience, while human experience injects consumer desire into the mix. Consumer desire, marketing desire, capital financial market desire is designed into the flow of our sophisticated devices, their affordances, their apps, their sites, and their service logics.
Technologies inspire us to construct dynamic new vocabularies, practices, self-presentations, and forms of connection. They stretch us and make us grow. And in return, we plug them in. They change us and we change them.
Likewise this site –Tekno’s Cultural Adventures—offers a loosely guided tour of the landscape by providing a curated social media experience. One that is open to your ideas, obsessions, and participation. There will be places and ways to participate, and for us to build a select community: a meeting of minds.
Fill in the boxes with your ideas, reactions, inactions, and dreams about technology. About Tekno. When you rate an Amazon review, Tekno is reading your review. And he remembers. And then it may appear here, in some way. When you buy a weapon in the Overwatch video game, or refuse to take your mobile phone on vacation, or bemusedly deign to answer the survey questions on an online dating site such as OkCupid, then Tekno is observing you, calculating your next move. And he records it all. Every bit.
Tekno knows that you (some of you? one of you?) may become obsessed with the idea that there is a collective energy uniting all of us. It is the integral purpose of our time to somehow responsibly change course and integrate ourselves appropriately with the Tekno world of machines and the ecological world of ecosystems around us that sustains and nourishes our being and, in fact, constitutes it. Before it is too late, we must seek and find understanding and create new and improved belief systems and codes of appropriate human behavior.
This website is where a robotic being from an alien world can use his temporary human meat puppet to tell a story about being human.
What you gain is what you give. Quiet, collective, contemporary contemplation. And perhaps, the communal gifts of communication.