The Fallacy of Techno-Optimism – Quillette

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The Fallacy of Techno-Optimism – Quillette When the telegraph revolutionized communication in the 1850s, Henry David Thoreau was scornful. "We are in a great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas," he wrote, "but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate."

 · ”The fallacy in the ethics of evolution is the equation of the “struggle for existence” with the “survival of the fittest,” and the assumption that “the fittest” is identical with “the best.” But that struggle may favor the worst rather than the best.” ~ Gertrude Himmelfarb

The Fallacy of Techno-Optimism. Posted by Quillette on Jun 6, 2019 in Quillette, quillette.com. When the telegraph revolutionized communication in the 1850s, Henry David Thoreau was scornful. "We are in a great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas," he wrote, "but.

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The irony of Doctorow’s definition of "techno-optimism" is that, as he notes, it’s actually rooted in the fairly pessimistic belief that unless we do something to affect the balance between "open vs. closed" technology then "technology could be used to make the world worse," he says.

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