by Gábor Arion Kudász

The first evidence of the use of bricks was found in what is today the land of war and destruction, in Tell Aswad, a ten thousand year-old settlement near Damascus, Syria. Mathematics also emerged in the same time and region where the brick was invented at the dawn of human civilization – curiously both share a common idea. Like numbers in mathematics, we produce bricks by splitting up the formerly continuous fabric of the material world to form identical units, which can then be used to create constructions never seen before. Brick is the simplest example of how the universe can be understood and put to use. The size of a brick reflects human measurements, a grip of a palm, length of a foot, height of a man, his muscle power. Of course it had evolved throughout history, size has grown, its structure and technology became more complex. Ray Kurzweil says we are rapidly growing more intimate with our technology. Except, from where I see it, technology is not ‘ours’. We ought not think of our symbiosis with technology as a solely human achievement, because it seems to be the result of life wanting to cross its own limitations to expand its horizon. We happen to be at the right time and place to actively participate in the process, but we are responsible for how smooth the transition goes.