"Yes, that's what it amounts to. Do you see them having any other choice?" asked Director.
"No. But why do they oppose technology? Don't they see the benefits?"
"Of course they do. But they think the risks outweigh them."
"What are the risks?"
"For one, there is the destruction of the world - bombs, germs, pollution, and so on."
"The conscious, or unintentional, physical change of man."
"Why is that a risk?"
"No one knows what it will mean."
"Political risk. Liberal democracy is not simple democracy. Technology threatens to bring simple democracy. No simple democracy has ever lasted very long. What happens next? That's the risk."
"So all of the technology risk is basically that we don't know where it leads and what will happen as a result of its continued development."
"Yes. Why do you think progressives don't fear these risks as much as conservatives?"
"They have faith in progress."
"And conservatives don't."
"No, they don't."
Nick Pappas, pappasnick.typepad.com