July 01, 2000

News: The United States Government killed Iraqi citizens today, using bombs and famine. 250 pointless deaths per day!

(If updates are sporadic now and later, it's because I'm a suffering from a bit of computer burnout, and trying to focus on writing something longer than these little blurbs)

I recently got the latest issue of Wired (they take forever to get to Canadian mailboxes), and they had about ten pages of responses to Bill Joy's Why the Future Doesn't Need Us. The responses ranged from alarm, to rhetoric about the inevitability of technological advancement. A recurring theme was that we can't stop progress of any kind without some kind of totalitarian solution, which is just a bit reductive for my taste.

The other responses were interesting, but Stewart Brand put the issue in perspective very succinctly:

"Everyone agrees there's an iceberg - the question is, will it hit the ship, miss the ship, or replace the ship? Or maybe - unthinkable! - the ship will slow down and study the iceberg for a while."

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