[FoRK] beware inevitability! a foil tothe technologicalsingularity?

Russell Turpin deafbox
Sat Oct 15 06:56:29 PDT 2005

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net>:
>.. There's the theory that Star Wars spending and apparently possible 
>success caused mirrored spending and/or resignation by Soviet military. ..

At the time, the technical community widely recognized
Star Wars as a boondoggle of the highest order. Even
the staged tests failed. The technology of the time
simply wasn't up to the goal.

>.. Beyond that, the general feeling is the house of cards and ineffective 
>system arguments.

If you visit some GOP congregations, you'll find the
general feeling is that Ronald Reagan single handedly
pulled down the Berlin wall, that Oliver North is the
paragon of virtue, and that supporting and arming the
mujahedeen in Afghanistan  in the 80s had nothing to
do with the rise of the Taliban in the 90s.

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