Technologist Gives His Peers a Dark Warning

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From: Dan Kohn (
Date: Sun Mar 12 2000 - 22:22:44 PST

Leave it to Markoff to nail all of the obligatory science fiction
references. For what it's worth, I highly recommend Cat's Cradle
<> and The Age of
Spiritual Machines

An unlikely prophet is voicing a plea for reason and restraint in the
increasingly chaotic stampede toward the technological future.

Breaking ranks with the customarily optimistic and self-congratulatory
high-technology industry, Bill Joy, the chief scientist of Sun Microsystems,
has issued an impassioned critique of uncontrolled progress in digital,
biological and material sciences. He has challenged scientists and engineers
to rethink their ethical standards and step back from advances that might
ultimately threaten the human species.

                - dan

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