[LINK] re: Global Brain
Sat, 24 Jun 2000 13:39:17 +1000
On Sat, 24 Jun 2000 06:46:08 +1000, Ron Ipsen wrote:
>Asimov had one about a self aware robot that refused to believe that men
>had built it (as they were obviously inferior) - kind of fits in with the
>theory that such a global being may treat us as a nuisance/threat.
>The other old classic on this theme of course would name this global entity
>"the beast" and only give us "666" access at the terminal.
The "mark" of the beast was clearly "www" (subject to numerous
misprints) and foretold of electronic commerce where no-one could trade
unless they have the mark of the "beast" on their forehead. :-) .... um
refelctions of the "www" in the eyes of those at the terminal.
The other day I went to pay my body corporate fees. The office was
closed with a suggestion that one could pay via BPay on the Internet.
Another real estate agent was refusing to take cash...
It's starting to make sense now :-)
Bob Bain. Sydney Australia