He admires advocates of social control of technology such as Langdon Winner and David Nye, and the more radically skeptical educator and philosopher Ivan Illich, finding value even in the Unabomber Manifesto
. Conversely, he lauds Kurzweil's Utopian vision only as a myth, "like Superman." A former editor of the Whole Earth Catalogue, Kelly the technology critic just wants to know the best tool for the job, whether it's the latest electronic device or the result of 3,000 years of refinement.
In addition to a list of 70 names that included forestry association representatives, evidence found in Kaczynski's Montana cabin reportedly included bomb-making materials and an early draft of the Unabomber Manifesto
published in the New York Times and Washington Post last September.
This could happen because a) the robots are so great we become dependent on them and essentially bore ourselves to death (a scenario Joy snagged from the Unabomber manifesto
) or b) the robots outcompete us for economic resources, so that we can't afford enough food, water, land, energy, etc., to survive, just as placental mammals wiped out competing marsupials in the Americas (an idea from robotics researcher Hans Moravec).
(9.) "FC" [Theodore Kaczynski], "Industrial Society and Its Future" (The "Unabomber Manifesto
"), Washington Post, 19 September 1995.
On the other side of the spectrum, computer-smasher Kirkpatrick Sale has analyzed, in The Nation and elsewhere, the Unabomber manifesto
as a promising if somewhat deficient dissertation.
What distinguishes Escape Velocity from the recent slew of neo-Luddite tracts, from Sven Birkerts' The Gutenberg Elegies to the Unabomber manifesto
, is the obvious relish with which Dery mines his cybercultural terrain.
We hear a lot these days about news media "responsibility." The Washington Post and the New York Times thought they were being responsible last September when they decided to accede to the demands of an elusive terrorist and the recommendations of the Justice Department and publish the 35,000-word Unabomber manifesto
- not for "journalistic reasons," but in the interest of "public safety."
Sept 19, 1995 - NY Times and Washington Post print 35,000-word Unabomber manifesto