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By Paul Virilio

On 10 September 2008, amid a lot fanfare, the good Collider run through CERN in Geneva was once grew to become on. The Collider used to be purported to fireplace protons round a seventeen-mile loop of tunnels, inflicting them to crash into one one other at as regards to the rate of sunshine and holiday into even tinier debris. 9 days later the Collider broke down and needed to be switched off, the accelerator quickly silenced, the reckless seek for 'God's particle' wear hold.
At an analogous time the speeded-up markets of world finance, with displays of multi-coloured numbers designating the swift flows of capital, are without warning thrown into confusion while information spreads that the nice Titan of Wall road, Lehman Brothers, has filed for financial disaster. traders panic, percentage costs plunge and the speeded up markets of worldwide finance grab up.

In his most modern ebook, Paul Virilio - the major theorist of our obsession with expertise, velocity and tool - rewrites 'The booklet of Exodus', yet the exodus he talks approximately is not any longer carried out in one dossier of humans headed for a few attainable Promised Land. it's a closed-circuit exodus inside a cramped global, the place aid in human shares will unexpectedly seem like the one technique to the lockdown of history.

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I n o ther words, i t ends in the i nevitable revival o f the illumi ni sm o f l ight through the illumin ism behind the i nstantan eism o f l igh t's l i m i t speed . Th at is the new absol ute of a go d who dearly doesn't play dice, but happily dons the ridiculo us cast-o ffs o f the ' S u n King' , or o f Ju pi ter, god o f the sky and o f l igh t, b u t also of th under and l i ghtning - divi n i ty of th i s truly stunni ng, and not j ust expl osive, i nstantaneity o f a demandi ngly secular age .

All this reproduces fairly faithfully the excesses of telesurveillance, initially limited to the space of streets and other places of transit, then intro­ d uced into the common parts of buildings, car parks or entrance halls. Here again, the transparency of public space followed by private spaces leads to the transap­ pearance of the intercom, or security phone, and its camera. Another example of this is the recent growth in the MEGALOSCOPY of Google Earth, with i ts research engine, Google Maps, aiming to visualize the entire world.

In the face of resistance at local coun­ cil level, Google decided to launch Street View, using bicycles that are each equipped with a GPS and cameras to film France and other countries. lheir incredibly diverse landscapes will then be digitized to feed Google's giant mapping project. 51 THE GREAT ACCELERATOR Why don 't we take this deadly OVER­ EXPOSURE of private life that � s now spreading as far as the eye can see j ust a little bit further? I magine that, following on from the fixed cam­ eras set up at major intersections to ensure road traffic safety or at the entrances to buildings to ensure security, couch surfi ng is already taking us to the next, the ultimate, level of revelation.

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