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Yes, IT might not seem as exciting as a teleportation device or a
holodeck but on shamelessly irrational grounds I do think IT might be
just the thing we need because it has the dominant characteristic
shared by many world-changing innovations:
Nobody was expecting it.
It's the sort of mundane, useful, seemingly minor convenience that
leverages far reaching changes. Think TV remotes. Think high level
programming languages (instead of assembler). Think putting together
block letters in a wooden frame and printing stuff instead of writing
it by hand.
And then there's the matter of everybody wanting to be less reliant on
Now if only the cost would go down from 3X that of my van to maybe
0.5X I'll go right out and buy it.
On Sun, 2 Dec 2001, cryofan wrote:
* I believe that the majority of the world's Muslims are good, *
* honorable people. If you are a Muslim and want to reassure me and *
* others that you are part of this good, honorable majority, all *
* you need to say are nine simple words: "I OPPOSE the Wahhabi cult *
* and its Jihad." *
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