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Why The Future Doesn't Need Us
Прислано Atec на February 29 2008 20:16:19


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So I'm still searching; there are many more things to learn. Whether we are to
succeed or fail, to survive or fall victim to these technologies, is not yet decided.
I'm up late again - it's almost 6 am. I'm trying to imagine some better answers,
to break the spell and free them from the stone.



1 The passage Kurzweil quotes is from Kaczynski's Unabomber Manifesto, which was published jointly,
under duress, byThe New York Times and The Washington Post to attempt to bring his campaign of
terror to an end. I agree with David Gelernter, who said about their decision:

"It was a tough call for the newspapers. To say yes would be giving in to terrorism, and for all they
knew he was lying anyway. On the other hand, to say yes might stop the killing. There was also a
chance that someone would read the tract and get a hunch about the author; and that is exactly
what happened. The suspect's brother read it, and it rang a bell.

"I would have told them not to publish. I'm glad they didn't ask me. I guess."

(Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber. Free Press, 1997: 120.)

2 Garrett, Laurie.The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance. Penguin,
1994: 47-52, 414, 419, 452.

3 Isaac Asimov described what became the most famous view of ethical rules for robot behavior in his
bookI, Robot in 1950, in his Three Laws of Robotics: 1. A robot may not injure a human being, or,
through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm

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