[extropy-chat] Recipe for Destruction - Joy/Kurzweil NYTimes Op-Ed
russell.wallace at gmail.com
Tue Oct 18 18:36:43 UTC 2005
On 10/18/05, Brian Atkins <brian at posthuman.com> wrote:
> And yet, in the 1960s computers were expensive enough and limited to
> organizations so that a 15 year old couldn't do anything with them.
> Recall that Kurzweil is coming from an expected milieu where he assumes
> gear will continue to drop in price and increase in performance.
> Think not of 15 year olds today, but in 2015. 2020.
>From a technical point of view, perhaps that'll happen, but there's a big
difference: Private ownership and use of microcomputers was (and is) legal.
Private ownership and use of biotech gear looks unlikely to be.
Now, positive steps to take to get it legalized, I'll leave to those whose
competence in the relevant fields (marketing and politics) is greater than
mine, but I wish people in the various techno-optimist communities would
stop going out of their way to actively harm our prospects.
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