Re: poly: Dreams of Autonomy

From: Peter C. McCluskey <>
Date: Thu Sep 02 1999 - 09:17:17 PDT ( writes:
>Certainly the current trend is for greater interdependence. If anything,
>the cutting-edge technologies that are looked on as the vanguard of
>nanotech (computers, software, biotech) are interdependent in the extreme.

 While there has been a clear trend of increasing rewards to more widespread
interaction, I don't any such trend in the dependence part of this. It looks
at least as easy for a small group to break away from society as it has been
in the past. It looks much easier than ever for a small group of people to
break away from their employers and start a new company.
 I think the trends indicate that the self-sufficiency that people dream of
will be enabled, but that people are overestimating how much they want it,
and underestimating how much they will want to interact with large systems.

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Received on Thu Sep 2 09:19:45 1999

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