Even though there is a credit crunch, one should still give credit where credit is due: for the
A stark choice. Either we career ahead into an ever more tangled web of genetical engineering, electromagnetic smog, radioactivity, and speciality chemicals, or we have mass unemployment, riots, and starvation.
The advanced techno world implied by Mr Connaughton is a fine playground for bureaucrats, scientists, technocrats, megalomaniacs, and Formula One engineers. The planet is their laboratory, and all life and its secrets are at the mercy of their tweezers. All for the glory of the weekly trip to Tesco and the annual vomit into a swimming pool in
Not this grotesque world for Nat Eb, former top journalist at the Wood Warbler,
“We realised long ago that the technological challenge was not for more efficient cars or lower energy toasters. Hungarians invented the atomic bomb, the biro, the computer, the Rubik’s cube, game theory, excel, vitamin C, the lightbulb, the match, the helicopter, the contact lens, the carburettor, the slide projector, the dynamo, email, and beautiful women. So we knew everything there was to know about technology.
“It was clear to us that the new technological challenges were of a quite different nature. The real technological challenge was the technology of economic management, of regulation, and of society. Our challenge was the management of a gracefully declining economy, design of a society which survives while taking it easy and not churning out CO2, perhaps above all the technology of education and behaviour.
“When we established our Social Technology Centre in 2010, we realised that despite millennia of lawmaking and social development across western society, we still simply had no clue about how to get people to respect each other and tread lightly on the planet which kept them alive. Our political systems were as effective as 12th century medical technology.
Then Mr Eb turned and went for his afternoon snooze, carefully stepping over a hedgehog which had wandered off the main hedgeway through