If the data center is to become a cyborg’s holy place, what is the nature of holy places?

They are awe inspiring. Sublimity is the characteristic of a place truly holy – be it nature, a building or whatever. In a holy place, like a church,  a mosque, or Kaaba, we come in contact with something beyond us. Our brains short-circuit and we become convinced that we are in a presence of something so much bigger than us that we want to just fall on our knees and pray for mercy.

What if there was a church, but no god?

People have worshiped clocks, printing presses, electricity, machines – all sorts of things. Is it the time of “Digital the Divine” now?

Already now there are so called “huggers” – people “excited” by the servers. They like to sit in the data center – a space dull, poorly lit, cold and  somewhat boring – and listen to the heads of the hard-drives ticking, ventilators roaring, lights sporadically flashing. These people have a reverence towards something man-conceived. In fact, they don’t even understand that what they “worship” is man created. But hey, so are all the churches – built by human hands (with the guidance, arguably, of the Holy spirit, but still). However, the conflict is that not only the sanctuary, but also the object of worship itself is man-made. Can (normal) humans worship something that is built by their own hands? I guess so – if they believe that what they worship is a manifestation of the divine will. Are computers the manifestation of divine will? Hardly. For us now they are pure infrastructure, a necessity, something that just makes world work. We take it for granted. And in a way it should. But if you build a piece of architecture with all the qualities of the divine, will it convince a person that it what the structure is built for, IS really divine? Will they start appreciating it, to the level of believing in a false God? Is architecture able to produce a false God? Not God being out there first and then Architecture being made in His name, but vice versa – Architecture “producing” a God.

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