This WIRED article resonated with the New Media Seminar I’m taking at Virginia Tech.
I hadn’t heard of the term ephemeralization coined by Buckminster Fuller before, which is the promise of technology to do “more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing.” Fuller cites Ford’s assembly line as one example of ephemeralization. Ali Rebaie, the author of the WIRED article, writes that the Big Data movement is another form of it. Our ability to analyze huge datasets has lead to designing more efficient technology. All in all, Fuller seems to fit right in with the others we have been reading in the seminar.