Re: Singularity: can't happen here

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Sun Sep 09 2001 - 02:54:18 MDT

On Sat, Sep 08, 2001 at 05:48:46PM -0500, Tiberius Gracchus wrote:
> On Sat, 8 Sep 2001 19:47:17 +0100, you wrote:
> >Frightening read: "Outlaw School" by Rebecca Ore. (Probably deserved the
> >Prometheus award far more than a second-rate L. Neil Smith novel; it's
> >the scariest dystopian near-future I've read in ages. In fact, it's
> >probably not going too far to compare it to "1984" in its impact for
> >the net generation. It's a sign of how far down that road we've already
> >gone that it hasn't gathered the attention it deserves ...)
> What is it about?

Almost *exactly* the kind of future we'll have if this sort of
bill gets passed.

Cameras everywhere, including in people's heads. Extreme religious
conservatives setting the political and social agenda. Licenses for
software developers and engineers. And what it's like to live as a
political dissident in such a society.

-- Charlie

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