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I think that Derek Gregory’s example of drones is particularly relevant because it shows the implications of the abolition of space enabled by virtual technology. In this case, it directly threatens people’s lives. According to me, it differs from discourses that are sometimes based on common social imaginary about technology, that could be qualified as technophilia (empowerment, liberty, “extension of men”, collective intelligence) or technophobia (tracking, surveillance, capture).

Also, Thrift’s article leaves me with a feeling of unease about the future of digital mobile devices. This idea of a qualculative background scared me: how could we not be alienated if we have no idea of what is actually going on when we use technologies?