CDEN 815: Reading: The New Luddite Challenge
Full text of Luddite statement available at this link.
Believe it or not, this was a statement from the Unabomber's Manifesto, ie. Ted Kaczinski. Here are a couple links for more information, if you are interested.
The Luddite excerpt you discussed in class was taken as an excerpt of an extremely significant and provocative article recently published in Wired Magazine. This is available on reserve in the library, or you can read it online at:
- Joy, Bill. Why the future doesn't need us. Wired April 2000: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy.html
- Responses to the above article were published in the July 2000 issue of Wired. These included replies from a veritable who's who in provocative thought on computing as well as leading scientists in the biomedical sciences. The responses are as interesting as the article itself. Check them out at:
If you don't know the names, you would probably recognize what they did, ie, the companies they founded (such as 3Com), their inventions (for example, Ethernet or supercomputers), or the organizations they represent (Board of AAAS).
- Leslie Berlowitz,
- Stewart Brand,
- Jim Clark,
- Freeman Dyson,
- George Dyson,
- Gregg Easterbrook,
- John Gilmore,
- Earl Hubbard,
- Ray Kurzweil,
- Bob Metcalfe,
- Robyn Miller,
- Larry Smarr,
- Bruce Sterling,
- Gregory Stock,
- Sherry Turkle.
Contact: Pat Anderson, email@example.com.
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