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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #101     A Publication of The Nature Institute      January 27, 2000
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              Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
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    CONTENTS
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    Editor's Note
    
    Quotes and Provocations
       Attack of the Intelligent Refrigerators
       Making Guinea Pigs of Students
    
    The Trouble with Ubiquitous Technology Pushers (Part 2) (Stephen L. Talbott)
       or: Why We'd Be Better Off without the MIT Media Lab
    
    DEPARTMENTS
    
    Correspondence
       Criticize Out of Love, Not Resentment (Kevin Kelly)
       Toward a More Balanced View of the Media Lab (Amy Bruckman)
       Too Much Complaining (Bob Gaughan)
       An Overdue, Grace-filled Literacy (Tom Mahon)
    
    Announcements and Resources
       Education in Search of Spirit
       Where NetFuture Gets To
    
    About this newsletter
    
    
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                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    
    NetFuture gets around.  An Israeli website offering the newsletter in
    Hebrew is in the works, selected articles are translated into Spanish, and
    every issue gets forwarded through secondary circulations far beyond my
    ability to track.  For a few pointers, see "Announcements and Resources"
    below.  Of course, annotated links can spring up anywhere and everywhere,
    but of those that have been brought to my attention, the following
    provided by William P. Dunk of William Dunk Partners, Inc., has tickled my
    fancy.  In a "best of class" listing, he runs his NetFuture blurb under
    the heading, "Best Real Y2K Warning":
    
       We spend our computer lives worrying about privacy, viruses, and
       horrible, horrible programs from Microsoft.  But these are not the real
       problems.  The question is how that keyboard and screen and poorly
       constructed content is changing our lives in ways we can never picture.
       Stephen L. Talbott in the newsletter NetFuture looks at how our lives
       change in a digital world.  He knows whereof he speaks -- with roots in
       programming and technical writing.  See
       http://www.oreilly.com/~stevet/netfuture.  With a URL like that, he is
       proving that technology can ruin our lives.  See, "Editor Explores
       Unintended, and Negative, Side of Technology," The New York Times,
       November 25, 1999. p. D7, by Lisa Guernsey.   Talbott reminds me of the
       vivid discussion of microwaves several years ago:  data out of the
       Soviet Union showed us that the real threat from microwaves was the
       insidious long-term health problem from unnoticed frequencies, not the
       short-term obvious emissions from leaking microwave ovens.  Talbott
       does his letter in longhan