Ten years later - 2020 - a critic of the idea that machines are becoming smart and autonomous.
Arguments against 'cybernetic totalism'
In a rebuttal to Bill Joy's technological nihilism Jaron Lanier writes
an overdue manifesto (at
edge.org) against the seduction of technological wonders and nightmares.
Part of the cyberspace revolution himself, he debunks the blind belief
in the power of machines to save or destroy mankind and the world. It
is astonishing to find this article in Wired magazine, the voice of cybernetic
totalism. Because this article is not available online (some other versions
can be found through Lanier's
home page) I think it is appropriate to cite a few sentences that
highlight Lanier's core believes.
"We kid ourselves when we think we understand something, even a computer, merely because we can model or digitize it." (p162)