[ExI] Hard Takeoff
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Sun Dec 5 10:45:22 UTC 2010
On 29 November 2010 05:59, Samantha Atkins <sjatkins at mac.com> wrote:
> Please make your informed argument why no takeoff is most likely if you believe this is the case.
Hostility, indifference, short-termism, insufficient or non-existent
investments in fundamental research, inertia, educational and cultural
decline, slowing down of technological acceleration, inability to
overcome dominant paradigms, de-industrialisation of the west,
globalisation, lack of vision, epidemic neoluddism...
Thus, a static Brave New World scenario would seem at least possible,
or even probable.
In any event, if you want to achieve something it is always better to
be pessimistic on the difficulties you have to face. If you are lucky
and things end up being actually better or easier than imagined, the
desired outcome would be only even more assured, wouldn't it?
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