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The Unabomber Manifesto - A Brilliant Madman's Essay on Technology, Society, and The Future of Humanity by Ted Kaczinsky (1995) πŸ“šπŸŽ§

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Published on 18 Apr 2022 / In Audiobooks

⁣The newspaper’s editors dismissed β€œThe Unabomber” as a lunatic, but his essay soon began to capture the attention of the world’s wisest political minds. As The Atlantic wrote: β€œ[The essay] was greeted… by many thoughtful people as a work of genius.”

"Reprehensible for murdering and maiming people… but precisely correct in many of his ideas.” β€” Keith Albow, Author and Psychiatrist

β€œIf it is the work of a madman, then the writings of many political philosophersβ€”Jean Jacques Rousseau, Tom Paine, Karl Marxβ€”are scarcely more sane." β€” James Q. Wilson, Professor of Political Science, UCLA

β€œ[He] was right about one thing: technology has its own agenda.” β€” Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of WIRED

As the decades have passed since the essay was published, the truth behind the author’s warnings have become harder to ignore.

Predicting society’s present addiction to technology, our challenges with data privacy, and the dramatic increase in drug overdoses and depression that have accompanied a technology-induced lack of purpose, The Unabomber’s vision of the future has become our reality.

Of course, his means were disgusting and condemnable. But his message is more important than ever.

If we want to thrive in an age where automation and artificial intelligence and rapidly making humans obsolete, it is our responsibility to understand and prepare for the technological machine we are up against.

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