What’s scarier – supersmart computers or the super-think-they’re-smart Ludds who want to stifle computing advances?

Here’s a post I made against Tim Niles’ comment about the downside of technology, in a NY Times article on the future of computing.

 

Tim Niles,
Whenever I read “with ability comes responsibility”,  I have learned not to accept it at face value.  The reason is that the people who repeat it tend to not trust that people will exercise this responsibility, and that existing laws do not protect lesser-able citizens from overly-abled technologists, and these people support some kind of legislation that limits the technologist from using the new technology freely EVEN THOUGH he has not violated anyone’s health or property rights.

We see this is two areas today regarding computing:

1) Buildout.  This is government witholding broadband construction on the principle that, “if everyone can’t have it, no one should have it.”  This of course, is egalitarian loser-licking, luddislators punishing the successful to make their low-revenue area constituents feel better about being low-revenue area residents.  Technology is sacrificed for political appeasement of economic failure in less productive communities (in aggregate).

2) Net Neutrality (NN).  The basic libertarian principle of NN is good (I should get to download whatever I want without gatekeeping), but the network management freedom is being abridged arbitrarily by legislation that threatens to prevent providers from charging more money for excessive download.  No real libertarian would oppose managing network traffic by price or aggregate traffic limitation, just as power companies do.  There’s a good article about these net price controls (in NN drag) on techliberationfront.com.  (explicit link is http://techliberation.com/2008/07/30/network-neutrality-is-not-about-price/).

Bottom line: In the name of “fairness”, Ludds stop technology from being offered and they try and fix the price, both of which hurt growth and, ultimately human survival. 

I say to the potential mates of Ludds:  do not mate with them or at least use birth control.  Their ideas are detrimental to long term survival of our species, and must not be passed down to Ludd offspring.  Ludds are parasites macro-economically, and they probably will be with you, too…does he/she borrow money unashamedly?  It could be a sign.  Find a Nerd.  We will make the species prosperous.  And we’re sexy, in an independence lusting, tech-perv, competitoid maniac sort of way.

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