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Friday, April 08, 2005 Shape of things to come
(Blogger was down yesterday and I couldn't post so a few blogs may be dated.)
Shape of things to come
John Derbyshire with his usual and delightfully contrarian pessimism believes:
The reason being is that:
I believe that my pessimism trumps The Derb's, though because I don't believe that people will be left alone enough by others (barbarians) to enjoy the fruits of dehumanization. No system can last. Societies become weak and the aggressive strike.
Some may imagine that our technology may achieve a degree of both intrusiveness where nothing is hidden, and an ability to discover plots, enemies, terrorists, assymetrical warriors, and so forth and eliminate them without much difficulty.
Maybe. Maybe not. Such systems still require a dedicated group of hard nosed people and where will the Brave New World find them? The Roman Empire had every advantage over the barbarians and the incentive to defend itself (security and pleasure) yet melted away.
I think that the social engineers should keep in mind the axiom, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." Of course, such people never do keep such a thing in mind. posted by Mark Butterworth | 10:59 AM |