Re: Relinquish JXTA

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Sat Apr 28 2001 - 11:29:02 MDT

Michael Wiik wrote:
> wrote:
> > [Bill] Joy has thus put his personal and financial self-interest ahead of
> > his philosophical beliefs. He has compartmentalized his mind so that
> > he can be the wise philosopher one day, raising cautionary notes about
> > technology, while he can be the profitable technologist the next, making
> > money for himself and his company (he is a major Sun stockholder).
> And........? What's your point? Don't most people do this?
> I can't say I never contradict myself. I'm working on it, but exposing
> Bill Joy as a hypocrite seems a lot of effort for little or no reward.
> Besides, I kinda like 'the wise philosopher one day, profitable
> technologist the next' career myself. Seems a necessary extropian
> ingredient.

Well if you're actually /wise/ then great. The problem here is that Joy
is unwise, and this has led to an opportunity to debunk him. Debunking
is a very Extropian activity, especially when it regards the kinds of
ideas he espouses.

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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