Change is not easy, and many people have difficulty adapting to it. This is particularly true of technological change. The noted Harvard professor Calestous Juma wrote a book on the subject called “Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies.” The book outlines the tension between innovation and the social order, drawing on 600 years of history. The impact of technology is especially troublesome when it comes to artificial intelligence.
Not everyone is adverse to these advances. Ray Kurzweil, author of “The Singularity is Near” and “The Age of Spiritual Machines,” is nothing less than an evangelist promoting the benefits of genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics (a term used for non-biological intelligence). But these are the same issues – and Kurzweil the same person – that caused great concern in the year 2000 for Bill Joy, Chief Scientist at Sun Microsystems.