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and interview with bruce sterling

Sterling's fiction sometimes doesn't quite convince me, but his commentary is always excellent. Here is an interview with him about this new book "Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years". Quote:

Q: But you're not anticipating what David Brin would call a transparent society?
A: David thinks this is great. David is a technological determinist. He thinks that we understand the trend and we need to hop on it. I don't have any such illusions. Just because it's the space age, it doesn't mean we're all going to end up in space.

Just because it's the atom age, it doesn't mean we'll all have a private atom-powered helicopter. Just because it's the information age, it doesn't mean we're all going to profit or be made happier. It has secondary and tertiary effects that cannot be predicted. You don't envision a phone answering machine and predict the Lewinsky scandal--even though one is impossible without the other.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on June 7 2003 at 1:49 PM

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