the cyborg philosophers
It's up to the cyborg philosophers of the future to tell us whether everything in reality is just information, reducible to long strings of just two digits. The issue here is that even if our world is made of pure information, we don't yet know enough about that data to record it. We don't know all the information, or how to measure it. For now, our digital representations are compromises--symbol systems that record or transmit a great deal about what matters to us at any given moment. Better digital technology merely makes those choices at increasingly granular levels.
--Douglas Rushkoff, Program or Be Programmed
It strikes me, probably to Rushkoff's dismay, that the key words here are "yet" and "for now."
But then--what with my gleefully offloaded mental processes & faith in the progressive extension of self through the network--I guess I'm one of his "cyborg philosophers."