Re: QUOTE: Bey on extropians

Dan Clemmensen (
Sun, 09 Nov 1997 21:00:28 -0500

Kathryn Aegis wrote:
> Steve Witham quotes Bey:
> ...The extropian therefore lacks and needs a
> critique of technology, and of the incredibly complex relation
> between the social and the technical. ...
> I think that Bey needs to give us a little more credit for critical
> assessment of the implications of mismanaged technology. Perhaps
> this statement reflects a need for Extropians to make more public
> statements or publish writings that reflect our understanding of this
> complexity. Or perhaps I give him too much credit, and he just
> needed a straw man to batter with his own opinions.
> Kathryn Aegis

If Bey feels that we pay inadequate attention to the possible
negative effects of technology (and especially future technology),
then what must he think of the attention given this subject by
most of the rest of society? I strongly suspect that this group
pays a lot more attention to this subject than almost any other
group does, spcifically including the groups whose declared duty
is the guidance of society.