Interesting interview with Bill Joy. I know many of those who read this blog (hi, Forest!) probably don't know who he is, but you probably should. He's a serious computer guru, easily within the top ten most important computer geeks around. Not too long ago he wrote an alarmist article warning that the Terminator/Matrix scenario of machines taking over the world might actually come to pass -- which freaked out a lot of people, coming from such a prominent computer guru.
He says, "Democracy is about individuals giving up the ability to do whatever they want so that everybody can have some rights." Bzzzt, wrong. That's what government in general is about, and if I'm not mistaken, the idea originated with Hobbes, who wasn't really much into democracy.
It also struck me what he is doing for fun -- he's trying to set up a
meditation wall in his apartment! At first I thought, gee, what a
self-absorbed loser, but I've thought the better of it. Everybody needs
to do something for fun.
Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...
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Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon