In "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" Bill Joy expresses a powerful pessimism about the dangers of technologies that may be developed later in our century.
What are Joy's best reasons for being pessimistic?
What are his strongest reasons for expressing optimism?
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A Precis on “Why the Future Doesn't Need Us” by Bill Joy
Bill Joy’s 2000 article “Why The Future Doesn’t Need Us” presents a series of arguments outlining “the dangers facing us in the 21st century.” In this paper, I will present the most pessimistic and optimistic reasons Joys gives in the article for why we should we worried about the recent seismic shift in technological development.
Joy quotes a source that postulates that either the rise of the machines will escalate to such a degree that robot technology will no longer need humans to make decisions -- or, humans will be able to somehow control the machines and mass dystopia will be averted. Joy is, in fact, citing the Unabomber, the infamous Luddite terrorist who sent explosives to prominent computer scientists (many of whom Joy knew). The disturbing opening of Joy’s article sets the tone of the argument and the sequence of arguments it sets forth....
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