To hell with both Bezos AND Musk. Give me more Jonas Salks and Dag Hammerskjolds and John Snows (the cholera pump handle guy, not the fictional know-nothing guy) and David Graebers any day. One Laurie Anderson is worth more than 10 legions of Zuckerbergs! Also: i no longer believe #7, sadly, but my money is still definitely on #8. (Love your work)
Put me down for 10 satoshis on 1, 5, 9.
Somebody said my ancestors did something wrong.
«America’s true political parties are *what* apocalypse we expect and *when*»
«I just sat there at a plain round table as my audience was brought to me: five super-wealthy guys — yes, all men — from the upper echelon of the hedge fund world. After a bit of small talk, I realized they had no interest in the information I had prepared about the future of technology. They had come with questions of their own. […] Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system and asked, “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?”
The Event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, unstoppable virus, or Mr. Robot hack that takes everything down.
This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour. They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs. But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless? What would stop the guards from choosing their own leader? The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers — if that technology could be developed in time.»