It's going to be really interesting to see what the heroin market does in the next two years or so. One thing you can be pretty sure of. The Afghan peasants who grow poppies won't get rich. The money will end up in places like Dubai.

— Bruce Sterling

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Obsolescence and death, the reign of the archaic, the abandoned, and the corny: Really, if you saw Windows 3.0 on the sidewalk outside the building, would you bend over and pick it up?!?

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Well, they didn't lack for topics after Hiroshima.

Why should 9/11 slow them down? I know it got a lot of press, but it's just a few large buildings and aircraft, it's not like D-Day and the Seige of Berlin.

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If poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, science fiction writers are its court jesters. We are Wise Fools who can leap, caper, utter prophecies, and scratch ourselves in public. We can play with Big Ideas because the garish motley of our pulp origins make us seem harmless.

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My idea of an amusement park story is getting adventurers to go tour environmental disaster areas. After all, if the entire Great Barrier Reef gets killed, which seems like an extremely lively possibility, what are you going to do with all that rotting limestone?

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Don't become a well rounded person. Well rounded people are smooth and ull. Become a thoroughly spiky person.

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One of the points about distractions is that everything that they do is destabilizing.

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I don't think there's much distinction between surveillance and media in general. Better media means better surveillance. Cams are everywhere.

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Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone's illiterate, but you wouldn't really call that privacy. That's ignorance.

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We may yet work up to some serious shooting war, or maybe some acts of urban genocide committed with rogue nuclear weapons. But if that were the case, why would we call that "9/11"? If Washington disappeared in a mushroom cloud, we'd give that huge event a different name.

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If politics and business fail us, of course the military will be called in.

In the developing world, the massive and repeated ecological disasters are quite commonly met by the military.

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I'm an entertainer in the military-entertainment complex.

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I haven't had that good a time in ages.

Since September 11, really. I just felt so happy, it was like the sun came out of the clouds for me. I love Italy.

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About Bruce Sterling

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Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

The Bollywood distribution system is so corrupt that they have trouble making money off movies. So they sell shoes that an actress stepped in. If they turned up the amps some, maybe they could sell the actresses.

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You know what's truly weird about any financial crisis? We made it up.

Currency, money, finance, they're all social inventions. When the sun comes up in the morning it's shining on the same physical landscape, all the atoms are in place.

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I know that the human condition will be radically changed through technical means. Much of this change will be painful, monstrous and horrible. Most mutations are disgusting failures, most experiments are failures. I accept this and I don't find it frightening.

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Humans are very aggressive and scrappy, and go to war at the drop of a hat.

However, a standard land war is no longer going to work as it is no longer technically possible.

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People in the Pentagon had colleagues killed and maimed by bin Laden.

They're trying to find bin Laden and kill him and his cult. Naturally they consider that a legitimate thing to do, but they're having mixed success at the job.

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We might be on the brink of an apocalypse if, instead of poor people with suicide bombs killing middle class guys, middle-class people with suicide bombs started killing rich guys.

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I like to get paid for doing basic research, so it's pleasant to write some nonfiction about it.

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I wouldn't describe that "position" as "parasitic.

" I'd describe that experience as "edifying." I don't merely write from a critical intellectual distance. I actually live around here.

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I used to think that cyberspace was fifty years away.

What I thought was fifty years away, was only ten years away. And what I thought was ten years away... it was already here. I just wasn't aware of it yet.

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Hackers are arrogant geek romantics. They lack the attentive spirit of inquiry.

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Tomorrow composts today.

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The level of ignorance is declining, and the ability to accumulate data and manipulate it for various ends is increasing.

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If bin Laden is in fact publicly killed, then the US military will find itself standing around with its hands in its pockets, wondering what's supposed to come next.

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University, as institutions, pre-date the information economy by many centuries and are not for-profit cultural entities, whose reason of existence (purportedly) is to discover truth, codify it through techniques of scholarship, and then teach it. Universities are meant to pass the torch of civilization not just download data into student skulls.

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The future is a process, not a destination.

Richard Stallman is a guy my age. I sympathize with Richard rather more than I sympathize with Richard's open-source ideas, but the guy's a mortal human being and so is his social movement. Open-source is a means of production.

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The past is a kind of future that has already happened.

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The future isn't just unwritten, it's unsearched.

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Maybe we're about to radically change the operating system of the human condition. If so, then this would be a really good time to make backups of our civilization.

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My dream appliance circa 2050 has one big dial on it, and when I twist it to the right, my IQ goes up to 450.

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Architects thrive after massive urban disasters.

The abject collapse of East Berlin gave us the only city in Europe with a mighty host of Postmodern skyscrapers.

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Competence doesn't seem like a big deal until you are forced to realize that your own government has none.

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A security cam is one small part of a much larger universe of cams.

The much larger effect, socially, politically and economically, is going to come from a much larger trend.

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The ruins of the unsustainable are the 21st century’s frontier.

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Everybody has a different Internet.

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It's counterproductive to blither on about "the" future.

It's always somebody's future, and we're not who we used to be.

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Okay, are you really 'experimenting'? How do you know if you're really experimenting? You're working on it methodically and you're publishing the results! It's not an experiment if you don't publish the results in some verifiable and falsifiable form, okay?

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Every passing year brings us more past futures.

Here in Europe they had a Dark Age so extensive, radical and obliterative that everyone forgot how to speak Latin. It's counterproductive to blither on about "the" future. It's always somebody's future, and we're not who we used to be.

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Political people don't solve stuff - not really. Political people are like guys in pop music.

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Cyberspace is the funhouse mirror of our own society.

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David Brin is a technological determinist.

He thinks that we understand the trend and we need to hop on it. I don't have any such illusions.

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The future is a process, not a destination.

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Your attitude determines your altitude.

Your ambitions are bigger than life Of course. They must be. They encompass it.

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Anything that can be done to a rat can be done to a human being.

And we can do most anything to rats. This is a hard thing to think about, but it's the truth. It won't go away because we cover our eyes. THAT is cyberpunk.

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Cloud computing seems to be following this evolutionary path: A - Internet backbone. B - Information Superhighway. C - The Net. D - The Web. E - The Cloud. F - "Ubiquity" G- ???

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Worrying about a large institution, especially when it has computers, is like worrying about a large gorilla, especially when it's on fire.

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Las Vegas is a major family destination.

Nevada casinos have become American family values now. It's considered just fine to go into one of these windowless scary gambling-malls, drink yourself silly, lose your ass at roulette, and then go ogle showgirls with breast implants. Republicans do this now. Working-class folks do it in polyester stretch pants. It's normal.

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There's no victory-condition for being human.

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