Politics & Philosophy by Dr. Martin D. Hash, Esq.
The term "Luddite" is used to describe someone who wants to stop innovation & science, even go back to some imagined simpler time. That would be okay, the Amish certainly prove it's possible, but Luddites aren't satisfied with just having control over their own destiny, they want everyone to do as they say for their own selfish, sanctimonious reasons: stop artificial intelligence, stop genetic engineering, stop space exploration. Some of this comes from religious fundamentalism, some of it from fear of the unknown, but most of it is the discomfort people feel from having to adapt to radical new things. Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, predicted "Major anti-technology movements will be active in the U.S. and elsewhere by 2030." That date seems arbitrary but considering the trajectory of politics in America & the World, a rebellion of some sort does seem to be brewing, the Luddites are gathering strength, and the one boogeyman anyone can get behind is something they don't understand. I can barely understand technology today, what will it be like a decade from now? How about two? Frankly, I can't wait.
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