There is no technology that could accurately be called an "engine of destruction" that could not just as accurately be called an "engine of creation," or vice versa. This is not a unique characteristic of nanotechnology, as Drexler might have us believe.
Every tool, indeed, every human action, contains moral hazard. The results may be judged good or bad. The goodness or badness is not an intrinsic characteristic of the tool or action.
To claim otherwise is to commit the fallacy of division. Its like finding a stone in a field and saying, "Look, a piece of a wall." …
I can't agree with what you say but I can't disagree, either. In fact, I don't really understand much of what you say.
For example, you mention "private cities" but don't really define what you mean. You list a few examples, but these are characterized (as far as I can tell) by being built by one (or a very few) developers.
I live in Sun City, a suberb of Phoenix, which was built almost exclusively by a single developer decades ago. Is this a "private" city? If not, why not?
What should I look for?
What is the defining characteristic…
Hero is not a synonym for "moral giant." When you seek perfection, you start on a journey without end.
Ideals are more like a compass than a map. They show us the direction we should be seeking, not a destination that can ever be acheived.
Before you judge people of a hundred or two hundred years ago by today's norms, perhaps you should consider how good you would look judged by the norms of a hundred or two hundred years from now.
Great people become great people because they contributed something to the great march of human civilization. …
Way back in the 1940’s, Issac Asimov developed “The Three Laws of Robotics” as a foundational trope for his SciFi stories about robots. As many a young lad who came of age in the era of developing space flight, including the first moon landing timed to coincide with my 18th birthday, I was totally in thrall to the idea of human civilization living peacefully alongside of the robotic civilization. This peace permanently enforced and maintained by the Three Laws.
Growing up — and growing into a career of software engineering, I learned the critical faults of the Three Laws. While…
Strange. You appear to be complaining about the shortcomings of the Constitution, yet you mention no actual flaw and suggest no alternative.
Ironically (I assume), you mention one of it's main strengths: "Since 1789...27 Amendments have been added to reflect societal changes..."
You also illustrate why the Constitution is so important:
"People, usually conservative Republicans, love to refer to it when  defending racist speech,  opposing gun control, and  dismissing the current US Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump."
The Founding Fathers knew from experience that one important aspect of tyrannical power is to…
It sounds like a silly question, but think about it for a moment. Once a murder has been committed, the victim is dead. No matter what happens from then on, the victim remains dead. There is literally nothing that can be done to “fix” the situation. We cannot, for example, drain the life of the murderer to inject it back into the body of the victim.
No matter what we do, the victim remains dead. There is no getting around that.
So why do anything?
It’s done. It’s over. There is no going back. We who are still alive should…
The good news is that Phizer may have finished development of a Covid-19 vaccine that is up to 90% effective. Immediately, the conversation everywhere examined the challenges of getting the vaccine, assuming it meets all the forthcoming safety protocols, into the hands of the general public. Sure enough, some wag on television cried out “but what about the children?”
Or words to that effect.
Why are we worried about the children? I’m not being callous here. As a father and grandfather, I have developed a huge concern for children, but that doesn’t overcome my common sense.
According to the CDC…
It looks like Trump will win re-election. No matter, for about the last generation, the worrisome actions of the Democrats to loss is to change the rules. They are also, current protestations to the contrary, are the only party to dispute the outcome of a Presidential election. They did it in 2000 and again in 2016.
If you’re less than 30 years old, you probably don’t remember the 2000, Gore vs Bush, election. Bush won, but the outcome was delayed by more than a month to allow the Democrats to fight the outcome on any number of legal fronts.
Would we have worked so diligently to destroy the institution?
What if the US had never had slaves? Understand that, at that point in human history, slavery had existed since time immemorial and was accepted as a perfectly normal condition all over the world. So the existence of slavery in the US did not distinguish our country in any particular way. It was part of the accepted world view of the time.
But we did many things that did stand out as exceptional at the time. All men are created equal, freedom of speech and assembly, the rule of law…
Before it turns us all into drooling, ambiguity-ridden idiots.
In reading about the Oxford comma, I learned that it has been the subject of an ongoing argument for many years.
Why? The correct answer is so obvious, how can there be any argument whatever?
Kill it, erase it, eradicate it, slice it up, purge it, consign it to the seventh level of Hell. The Oxford comma is a travesty foisted on us by the sinister forces of Those Who Want English to be More Confusing Than It Already Is.
Allow me to clear up some of the murk in these…
A retired software engineer who hates retirement with a passion. My hobbies are economics, philosophy and futurism.