Do These Technologies Deserve To Die?

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

Well known author Bruce Sterling has written up an article for MIT's Technology Review suggesting ten technologies that deserve to die. These are technologies, he says, that "are so blatantly obnoxious that the human race would rejoice if they were obliterated" and suggests that most are "obsolete technologies that are the dangerous hangovers of previous, less advanced generations." While I'm sure everyone could come up with their own such list, I think there are quite a few on Sterling's list that might surprise you. He suggests nuclear weapons have to go, as these days, they're only really useful for terrorists. Internal combustion engine? Out. Prisons aren't worthwhile, he says, when you can just monitor people wherever they are already. Others listed include manned spaceflight (bad for the body, little reason to bother), cosmetic implants (why not grow natural stuff instead of synthetic materials) and lie detectors (they don't work). Finally, he says that DVDs are "collateral damage to consumers in the entertainment industry's miserable, endless war of attrition with digital media." He says that DVDs have the downsides of piracy without the upsides of free, simple distribution. As you can see, a lot these ideas are a bit optimistic about how things will move forward over the next few years. I think he's overreacting a bit about the down sides to certain technologies. People are less interested in the downsides of the technology, than the potential benefits for themselves - and as such, most of these technologies aren't going anywhere in the near future.
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    mark, 29 Sep 2003 @ 6:52pm

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