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  •  The development of computers (4+ / 0-)
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    WineRev, goinsouth, melo, elwior

    has paralleled this bizarre, nearly unassailable trust in numbers created by the concretizing sensibilities of accountants, as well as the enormous expansion of the markets since the early 1980s. Being able to mechanize the manipulation of numbers to the point of the near-instantaneous has to be something with social implications similar to those following the invention of the assembly line.

    My sense is that the impact of computer technology on the unquantifiable human aspects of financial and political affairs - and beyond - has not been deeply investigated, and that much of our present financial disaster is the dark side of our electronic freedom.

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