MIT scientist says brain implants are a bad idea
Elizabeth Childs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 20 Aug 1999 11:24:53 -0700
The author is the director of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science. I was
really struck with how absolutely feeble the arguments were.
I post it solely as a cultural bellwether.
Another cultural bellwether:
Showtime has been running a one-hour documentary about historical visions of
the future. Most of the people interviewed were actors and other
entertainers, so I think it's safe to assume that their opinions are
probably fairly typical of people at large. The two things that really
- They were all rather disappointed and even annoyed that there wasn't
more technological progress by now. They wanted grand, visible signs of
progress, and were clearly in favor of it. I didn't watch the whole thing,
but in the part I did watch, no one commented on all the amazing things that
have happened that were never predicted.
- They had no idea what was a potentially realistic prediction and what
was an absolutely fanciful one. For example, there was a little segment on
flying cars, and another segment on jetpacks that would allow you to fly.
It appeared that everyone interviewed saw these as equally achievable