As soon as AOL and Prodigy made their debuts, I think most of us who had been on the 'Net prior to the WWW knew the general shape of things to come.
Like most innovations, it seems, that start with government research, while the scientists most often (?) look to and innovate for the -good- of mankind, their extraordinary accomplishments are then farmed out too frequently to other depts or contractors for development into weapons of some sort.
There are probably many scientists who have thought of J. Robert Oppenheimer's (mis)quotation upon seeing the destructive force he helped to unleash: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Not all reimagined innovations are as obviously deadly as the atomic bomb, but I'd imagine similar thoughts go thru other scientists' minds upon seeing the evolution of their own accomplishments.
At this point and age, I'm finding I really kinda miss the old BBS I ran for years.
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