What is information or how the hippies gave raise to the Internet?

I went a talk last night about ‘What is information’ and the speaker presented their current research on the impact of computing and how it has shaped the concept of information. The ideas were pretty far reaching me as I do not have knowledge of computer science and I couldn’t get my head round the technical points. However when the talk started to lead into LSD, the CIA, and hippies this definitely threw up some questions.

How much is our understanding of information integral to a physical object i.e. a book or computer?

Is the message important?

Is the Internet like a psychedelic drug?

 

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