shaper/mechs- Super intelligences
Thu, 6 Aug 1998 21:21:43 EDT

sasha1 wrote
"On `shapers vs. mechs`: these describe technologies, or methods, while the social separation usually (always) happens along goals and values; I can not think of an example where these were split along the same lines."

As I recall Sterling wrote of the shapers distrust of the purely mechanical or cybernetic methods, citing a loss of "true creative thinking" invoking Godel type arguments as to the limitations of the machines. Of course the mechs dismissed these arguments as archaic superstition !

See Bruce Sterlings wonderful collection "Crystal Express"