How the Tech Elite Plans to Escape an 'Apocalypse' of Its Own Making

How the Tech Elite Plans to Escape an ‘Apocalypse’ of Its Own Making


Of course, it wasn’t always this way. There was a brief moment, in the early 1990s, when the digital future felt open-​ended. In spite of its origins in military cryptography and defense networking, digital technology had become a playground for the counterculture, who saw in it the opportunity to invent a more inclusive, distributed and participatory future. Indeed, the “digital renaissance,” as I began to call it back in 1991, was about the unbridled potential of the collective human imagination. It spanned everything from chaos math and quantum physics to fantasy role-​playing.

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