Sputnik of our Time

April 23rd, 2016

Technology can no longer be regarded a tool as it rather presents an integral part of our social world today. An introductory reflection on the seminar by Daniel Niles.



For Hannah Arendt, the launching of Sputnik represented a “rebellion against human existence.” With what we now know as the Great Acceleration rumbling forward, it signaled that war on all fronts—far beyond even the scale of either World War—would be waged through a glorious techno-science. Now, with the disarmingly soft power of satellites in our palms, science, militarism, industry, high technology, nature, governance, mass media, and even individual subjectivities overlap one another incessantly, and unclaimed territories or even neutral parties are not that easily identified.