Selections

A human who embraces slavery is an animal. A robot who embraces slavery is a well designed robot. On this distinction all our ethics must soon depend.
In the economy to come, even the poor will be able to afford whatever they want. And the only desire which will go unmet will be that of the rich, who, romanticizing this old world in which they were distinguished by owning things which others could not, are already doing everything in their ...
So long as we see wealth as a zero-sum game and money as the necessary arbiter of value, it is premature to talk of a new economy. The new economy will be heralded by a new currency: desire. Embedded wireless devices and massive networked databases will run a kind of worldwide Potemkin ...
The terrorist's reliance on the instruments of modern commerce and technology in his struggle against civilization is an irony much remarked upon. Still, his greatest weapon might be his simplest : to remain discreet and humbly prepare himself for god. If only such men took a longer view of the ...
Future generations will look at our medicine cabinets and see science compromised by something more dismal than dogma or ignorance: profit.
Watch closely the big battle scene in one of those old Hollywood epics about the Roman empire and you will notice a certain number of bit actors looking around as if they are not quite sure what exactly it is they are supposed to be doing. It is very often the subtlest detail of historical accuracy.
In a closed society, the individual may be denied his full allotment of freedom and liberty. He is spared, however, a certain amount of gratuitous rhetoric on the subject.