[ExI] Homo Deus
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 13 22:54:14 UTC 2017
Just finished it. Aside from the odd to ridiculous ways he uses the words
'liberal' and 'religion', it's a fine read. Hard to put down. I learned a
I did not know the story of Aaron Swartz, the hacker for committed suicide
after he realized that he was going to be sent to prison for hacking JSTOR,
a library of many research papers. He was annoyed that they were charging
people for reading them and wanted all information to be free.
Just how he thought the company was going to stay in business without
making any money is not evident to me.
I was disturbed about this many years ago when the file-sharing thing
started, and my students were downloading music without paying for it.
Movies, etc. Why people were going to continue to compose music when their
profits disappeared was not considered by them - like Swartz.
Intellectual property is certainly a big issue and will continue to be and
I have no ready answers for it. Stealing ideas is as old as humans but
somehow we have to reward those who created them first.
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