Finally, to put these mind augmenting technologies in perspective I'd like to quote Ray Kurzweil again:
People often go through three stages in considering future technologies: awe and wonderment at their potential to overcome age-old problems; a sense of dread at the new set of grave dangers that accompany the new technologies; and, finally (and hopefully), the realization that the only viable and responsible path is to set a careful course that can reap the benefits while managing the dangers.
Sounds reasonable. But it tells us nothing of how specific peoople people in government, people in power, people in need, and people in greed will react to future technologies.
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