Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Future: Just Like Today, Only Different

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The Future: Hope, Fear, and Common Sense

There are technophiles and technophobes: people who are either attracted to, or frightened by, technology. I'm a bit of a technophile. It runs in the family. Arba Zeri Campbell was the first person with a telephone in his part of the world: and had to wait a long time before it rang.

But I don't buy into the old 19th-20th century idea that science and technology will solve all our problems: or the more recent one that science and technology are bad and will kill us all.

My take on humanity and technology is reflected in a really old joke:

"Hundreds of thousands of years ago, man learned how to make fire.

"Generations later, man learned how to put out fires."

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1 comment:

Melissa MRM said...

The future is scary but it has made some great advances. What would your visions of the future be? Post them on The Tomorrow Mural.

http://tomorrowmural.intel.com/en-uk/mural.aspx?iid=Tomorrow_Mural_SOT_UK

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