Look what A Very Public Sociologist melted into
I think a flock of pigs just flew past my window....Phil have you been drinking old chum?
A quote from Richard Feynman - what's not to like.Sounds a bit like a Star Trek type future with replicators and holo-decks. There was no mention of what the musics will be like. I hope it's not going to be like trance...Ravi
You know as well as I do Ravi that trance is the wave of the future ;) But with replicators I'm sure you can have your guitars if you so wish!Howie - it is a bit utopian. After all, no lesser publication than Socialist Worker recently ran a piece on how 3D printing won't overthrow capitalism.
so, once again, in the future, we won't need or even want to travel anywhere? look, i gave up on flying cars a long time ago, but why is there nothing like public transportation in the future? in fact, why are there no crowds? are there even any streets in the future, let alone sidewalks? will we really just be sitting around in sumptuous post-Neutra glass-walled science-fictiony villas talking to computer generated holograms all day? so when did utopia become premised on the atomized, isolated individual?lesp.s. and we haven't even broached the subject of pleasure androids yet, have we?
Of course people will need and want to travel, but it's worth thinking through how many elements of travel (and streets, for crying out loud) are determined by the necessities of industry and commerce. Loving public transport and crowds for their own sake is just sick, though there would be nothing to stop demented hobbyists recreating the rush-hour Tube experience if they want.The least speculative part of this vision is its basis: nanofabrication, or (as Eric Drexler put it to me the other day) atomically precise manufacturing, is entirely feasible and will have vast consequences. In fact the consequences are far more radical than Burke suggests here.
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