A debate is what's needed
A learned and astute review, Tom Claburn. In the debate between technologists and economists, or technologists and more generally, the humanists, the technologists so far are winning. Even the presumption that there's a debate going on is suspect. Western civilization in its many forms has always been a technology-driven society, possibly a little more so with each passing year. A technology judged to be superior in one part of its culture is swiftly adopted in the other parts, with little debate on its long term effect. Its lead to great advances -- genome codification, space travel, nuclear energy, a well-connected society. And it's not too hard to imagine some of the drawbacks: nuclear bombs, a collapsing distance between domestic life and the next battlefront, communication with more vituperation than understanding. When the advances start taking over -- dominating the body politic with unintended consequences -- that would be a good time for a genuine debate to get underway, and that time may not be far off.