freedom vs even distribution

Spike Jones (
Wed, 09 Jun 1999 21:56:17 -0700

den Otter wrote:

> True. The question is: will that technology ever become evenly
> destributed? Note that while giving everyone an equal opportunity
> is fine, it would of course be *very* stupid to intentionally make
> some other race "superior". The same goes for artificial "races",
> (i.e. AIs) of course...

I have been reading in The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant. They have reached the depressing conclusion that equality and freedom are mutually exclusive in a sense. If goverments will leave us alone (like most of us would like) then even small inherent differences among us will lead to exponentially increasing levels of technology, perhaps leading to a situation where a dozen people achieve immortality while the masses die. spike