"An industrial capitalist society that does not recognize ecological limits but only perpetual economic expansion and has the profit motive as driver, will eventually consume and destroy itself."
"But we will all be taken down with it."
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On the other hand, if Gibson means that "our grandchildren" will not see a meaningful distinction between things done in some sort of Second Life-type computer program and done in real life, such as the difference between having your avatar go to a dance club versus actually leaving your house, well, then I just can't agree that anyone could fail to make that distinction. As far as I can see, computer communications mostly just better facilitate non-computer-related life. Or am I missing something profound?
Gibson does make some interesting points about nuclear war, though. And little gadgets. The little gadgets comments are pretty interesting. But while we have all these consumer electronics, but the houses we live in are still pretty much the same as decades ago. We still travel in pretty much the same ways. Tiny computers haven't really changed the nature of our lives. Somehow I'm reminded of the Inca, who developed the wheel and then never used it for anything more than children's toys, though I'm not sure how that analogy quite fits.
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