The Boomer Legacy

Technology

Boldly Into the Future

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Technology has enabled instantaneous communication all over the planet, yet we seldom have anything valuable to say. It has extended lifespans while forcing the terminally ill to linger for decades. It has allowed limitless connectivity in a society where everyone feels cut off. It has permitted the feeding, entertainment and housing of billions in a world stripped bare.

Technology is a mirage. What you see is not quite what you get.

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Faisal's footprints    (Jun 2016)

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Concrete formalism: Move fast and break things Move fast with stable infrastructure (Facebook, 2014)

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Indigo Slam at Chippendale   (Jul 2017)

Sci-Fi Now: Superconducting NbTi coils; Holmium magnetic flux condensers; 4°K liquid helium insulated within a liquid nitrogen jacket; A suitcase-sized helium condenser; A FFT-processing rack more powerful than a dozen 1980s mainframes… A three-tesla magnetic field from a machine the size of a small car, to obtain 1mm resolution internal body images without a single incision. Twenty years ago no one would have believed any of this was possible…

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The 3T MRI scanner at a medical imaging practice at Penrith, in Sydney   (Sep 2013)

Stasi without the politics: The keepsake pulled from your social-media profile; HD-CCTV; IP address logging; Cookie tracking; EFTPOS transaction records; Data-mining; Phone-hacking; The Twitter account under a false-name; Location-sensitive personalised mobile marketing; Uρ-skirting/ dοwn-blοusing; Instagram selfies gone viral — the belief you can predict future consumer demand by knowing everything about your customers today

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Satellite, UHF and cable communications at Marrickville, in Sydney   (Sep 2012)

Technological indeterminism: Jet-packs; Thunderbirds; Monorails; London to Sydney in 90 minutes; Driverless cars on suburban roads

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First Lane at Hurstville, Sydney   (Sep 2016)

Green energy: Renewables struggle beneath a dark mantle of ignorance, conspiracy and fossil fuels (RN, 2014)

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Distribution cables (since demolished) in College Lane, at Stanmore in Sydney   (Sep 2012)

Keeping the past alive: Engineering will remain a backwater for as long as our brightest keep getting sidetracked as CPAs, LLBs, MPsychs, FRACGPs and BA(Hons)MT

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Sand-blasting and repainting the Sydney Harbour Bridge to replace the decades-old lead-based paint   (Jul 2011)

The imperfect panopticon: One nation under CCTV, but who is watching?

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Apartment courtyard surveillance cameras awaiting connection at Victoria Park   (Sep 2014)

Orderly exodus: When we are finally done, we will get into our white vans and simply disappear

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Toyota HiAce vans await delivery at Penrith   (Apr 2017)

I can't imagine being without my car: It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency (NYTimes, 2015)

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One of millions of automobiles, gleaming in the driveway of a Point Piper cottage in Sydney's east   (Sep 2012)

Computer says no: We can detect Gravitational Waves (LIGO, 2015), prove Fermat's last theorem (Wolfram, 2014) and even ridicule Wall Street misuse of Gaussian copula functions (Wired, 2009) — but no-one can calculate the true cost of mobile-phone plans (WSJ, 2013)

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Mobile phone users at Martin Place, Sydney   (Dec 2014)

Nostalgic Futurism: The Eighties didn't quite get the future right

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The now dismantled Sydney Monorail at One Dixon Street, Sydney's Chinatown   (Jan 2012)

Fly the friendly skies: All this technology and yet aeroplanes can made to disappear by merely flicking a transponder switch

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Church Street cones at Parramatta   (Feb 2017)

It just works: Next year we are dropping the need for car-windows

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Jensen Avenue at Dover Heights   (Nov 2016)

Fabricating nostalgia: A lot has been said about the impacts of deindustrialisation, but few miss the unimaginative, backbreaking and life-threatening work

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Davy press at ATP Eveleigh Workshops museum   (Sep 2017)

Faisal's footprints: The engine warning light came on in October 1973, but we covered it over and kept going

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Abandoned shops, Parramatta Road Homebush   (Jun 2016)

Fibre nescience: Do consumers really need data transfer rates that only fibre can provide? (Liberal Party of Australia, 2013)

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Mothballed satellite dishes in Rozelle, in Sydney's East   (Jan 2013)

Accelerated obsolescence: Yesterday's broadcast-quality production equipment is today's rubbish

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Tape-based offline editing equipment in a dumpster at Darling Harbour   (Jan 2013)

Big data and the cloud: Off-line storage by the petabyte → provided your network connection is fast enough → provided your resellers don't vanish overnight…

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Mobile phone tower and clouds from a summer storm, at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains   (Dec 2012)

The well-connected domicile: Plasma in the bedroom; LCD in the lounge-room; Playstation, XBox, iPhone, Galaxy, Note, iPad, Touch, iPod, Android and iOS scattered everywhere else

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Home entertainment in suburban Kingswood, in Sydney's West   (Sep 2010)

Offline storage: We built tank-farms to hold all our dreams

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Storage tanks at Tempe   (Sep 2012)

Brand garbage: 2000-08-07 purchase Omega Speedmaster Automatic (35105000) #56462628 $2150; 2001-01-13 repair under warranty for loud rattling inside watch; 2005-03-29 repair due to watch stopped $595; 2009-08-03 repair due to watch requiring movement replacement $655; 2017-07-20 watch gains 10 minutes every hour, Omega quote to replace movement and watch hands $1295 (+ $75 courier fee); 2017-07-25 quote declined and watch returned without repair; 2017-08-15 watch thrown into landfill at Blaxland Waste Management Facility

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A wristwatch achieves its destiny as a piece of rubbish at Blaxland   (Aug 2017)

The social network: CNN, Bloomberg, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Thomson Reuters Eikon: we built elaborate frameworks to ensure you are never alone

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Stargazer lawn at Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney   (Aug 2016)

Project attention deficit disorder: Every Prague Spring has its tanks

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Construction cranes at the Central Park development at Broadway, in Sydney   (Oct 2012)

Digital Education Revolution: Students with their own laptop and internet connectivity have up-to-date information at their fingertips whenever they need it

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At the State Library of NSW   (Oct 2014)

Really just organised lightning: Everything now depends on wave-particles that two hundred years ago no-one even imagined existed

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33kV AC transmission tower outside the Penrith Transmission Substation   (Jul 2011)

Get small: The opera house refurbishment didn't quite go according to plan

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Domestic fountain at Church Street in Croydon   (Sep 2016)

We take your privacy seriously: The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; The Information and Privacy Commission of NSW; The NSW Information Commissioner; The NSW Privacy Commissioner; The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Amendment Act 2012 (Cth); The Australian Privacy Foundation; The Cyberspace Law and Policy Community; The NSW Council for Civil Liberties; The Law Council of Australia Business Law Privacy Sub-committee; The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era Inquiry; The Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) to replace the National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles; The drone "roundtable" inquiry by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs; The Royal Guide Dogs of Tasmania Privacy Officer

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A menckenesque kaleidoscope ensures that everyone in Wollongong can see you taking a bath   (Feb 2011)

To de-carbonise: The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a blessing for the human race (Kaczynski, 1995)

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The abandoned remains of the Illawarra Coke Company at Coalcliff   (Sep 2014)

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