Jack believed that eventually there would be two significant Era in the
history of our planet:
Superior because it practically did not require any time for
Practically the entire universe of relevant human knowledge could be downloaded into a computer in a matter of minutes.
Superior because through world wide computer linkage and hardware progress
there would be no practical limit to its memory.
Superior because its processing speed would be of an incomparably higher order, compared to the possibilities of the human brain.
Once I asked him: " Can a product ever be superior to its designer and builder?"
I will try to recapitulate his answer in this complex matter very briefly and
in popular language.
Is not every end product of collective effort superior to the production capacity and vision of individuals?
And are not many such products examples of emergent properties that have qualities and a reach far beyond what had originally been foreseen?
Is that not the essence of evolution? That what has viably emerged one way or another, is continuously reshaped and perfected through spontaneous, time resistant natural processes?
Jack believed that the computer was the most significant product humanity had
He believed that it was the privilege of our times that we stood at its birth.
And that it was the awesome responsibility of the children of the New Era, the Computer Era, to develop an environment in which it could be integrated for the good of all mankind.
And not for the good of a happy very very few, leaving perhaps 99,99 percent of humanity without work, or a life worth living for.
But with a new beautiful doctrine, very very gradually preparing them to
die very young but in peace, or like heros, once they had outlived their
usefulness, say at the average age of 25?
As is the case with all things, they have a potential for good but an equivalent potential for evil. And where there is great significance, great achievements are made, but errors may also be great.
It depends on the minds of man, all man, the collective conscience of a species, formed and reshaped in a continuous process as the species adapt to their environment, which properties, which norms, standards for good and evil, will emerge and mark their era.
Wether it will be the death camps or the Magma Cartas, the Michelangelos or the Mussolinis, for which their times will be remembered.
Jack believed that it was the unavoidable tragedy and the mortal danger of the
present time, which he called the transition period, that its leaders and senior
politicians did not yet have what he called "computer formatted brains".
They could not possibly understand, nor could they be expected to understand, the terrible dangers of computer technology and its products.
Thinking that perhaps they where now more than ever in a position to determine
the tides of man, they where now , more then ever, mere flotsam on the waves of reality.
Responsible for a technology, changing at breakneck speed, of which they could not even understand they could not understand it. And never would. Not in their lifetime.
And if a few of them understood some of it, of the programming and the hardware, would they understand any of its reach and consequences?
And if some of them understood all that and perhaps more, as most of them would eventually, would they then be benign shepherds?
Or would they, using the new technologies, to lead their lambs to the slaughterhouses?
Jack thought it was the most important task of the Children of the New Era to develop minds that would be conditioned to prevent such a tragedy.
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