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  •  Hmmm ... (3+ / 0-)

    That's a very interesting twist on the old "artificially intelligent machines wipe out humanity" theme in SF/fantasy.  We've already created the species that will replace us - corporations.

    I need to think about that one ... definitely has possibilities.

    With all this manure around, there must be a pony in here somewhere. - Count Piotr Vorkosigan

    by jrooth on Mon Dec 05, 2011 at 11:07:43 AM PST

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    •  Just goofin' on Olaf (Stapledon) (2+ / 0-)
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      jrooth, Evolutionary

      Where in both Star Maker and The Last and First Men, he maps out a social-evolutionary arc reaching toward increased emotional stability, factual actuity and efficient participant in group-collective needs.

      You know.. what Weberian rational bureaucracies, public and private, profit- and nonprofit-minded alike, need from their component volitional particles.

      The best way to fight one class of organization is match it against another kind of organization which is why, shocking, a renaissance in labor would do homo sapiens a lot of favors - not because organized labor is a panacea, but because its robust presence is an effective check on the unbridled power of corporations.

      And vice-versa, when done right.

      (It's the striking a working balance thing that's gonna be a challenge - since we swung so far awry, any reaction is going to be very strong the other way. I figure eventually the pendulum will settle down. I hope so, anyway.)

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