I'm starting to regret being such a cheerleader for the utopia of digital convergence. Anyone else starting to think that the transition to doing everything digitally would have been best done over 50 years, instead of 25, with a bit more risk assessment and forward planning by everyone involved?

@strypey What are cases of technological introductions in which the risk assessment and mitigation part(s) were done correctly? Has that ever even happened?

Genetic engineering comes to mind. At least they tried, with the 1975 Asilomar Conference:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asilomar

I mean, hell, Gutenberg's press blew up Europe (and the Catholic Church) for a century or four.

@dredmorbius
> What are cases of technological introductions in which the risk assessment and mitigation part(s) were done correctly?

Correctly? I would settle for at all. Other than the obvious evil uses authoritarians and capitalists were going to put computers and networks to anyway, I didn't consider any of the potential risks of replacing post with email, record stores with Napster etc. In hindsight, that was dangerously naive.

@humanetech

@dredmorbius Mind you, I was an anarchist radical in my 20s when the web was being popularized, so I can be forgiven for thinking disruption of established ways of doing things would inevitably by a net good. The veteran public service decision-makers rushing the digitization of everything they do, on the other hand ...

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