Stories by Jeremy Rifkin and Ray Kurzweil

Is Too Much Access Dangerous?

YES, according to Jeremy Rifkin.

The Internet, e-commerce and globalization are making a new economic era possible. In the coming century, markets will slowly give way to networked methods of conducting business, with profound implications for the future of society. By the middle of the 21st century, capitalist markets will largely be replaced by a new kind of economic system based on networked relationships, 24/7 contractual arrangements and access rights.

NO, according to Ray Kurzweil

Technology has always been a double-edged sword. Reflecting the duality of human nature, it is power that amplifies both our creative and destructive aspirations. Imagine describing the dangers that exist today (enough nuclear explosive power to destroy all mammalian life, just for starters) to people who lived a couple of hundred years ago; they would think it mad to take such risks. On the other hand, how many people in the year 2000 would really want to go back to the short, brutish, labor-intensive, disease-filled, poverty-stricken, disaster-prone lives that 99 percent of the human race struggled through only a couple of centuries ago?