Re: GEEKS: Linus Torvalds on Bill Joy

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 18:51:48 MDT

"J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> Bill Joy's article "The Future Doesn't Need Us" implied to me the fearful
> possibility that the future might need us after all, only to discover (to the
> horror of all concerned) that we're not around anymore. Oh my! Dr. Jekyll
> can't go back to being Mr. Hyde, because Mr. Hyde got transhumanized. So, if
> we make a big mistake and create a technological nightmare future of dystopia
> and amplified misery, we're (no, they're) up the proverbial creek with no
> futuristic equivalent of a paddle. Well, I say the future _does_ need us,
> because we create the future, and since what we do today determines how the
> future plays out, we'd better get our technological act together immediately,
> if not sooner.

Here is something I agree with J.R. on nearly completely.
Except that I don't think that it is only our technological act
we need to get together. A great deal is needed in the sphere
of ethics and in creating an enrolling vision of the future. We
need to get on with the creation of the future for sure, but
that takes a lot mroe than just technology.

- samantha

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