Stephen L. Talbott, The Future Does Not Compute: Transcending The Machines In Our Midst
Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly and Associates; 1995
Pages 5 and 50
Where freedom once required the fateful exercise of an enlightened, heart-warmed will, it is now enough to play with clickable choices on a screen.... All the talk about individual empowerment through electronically accessible information really has more to do with the differential advantage for a few players early in the game than it does with any fundamental social change.
It’s rather like the pyramid scheme: those who are quickest off the mark win big; the rest must hope eventually to climb back to the break-even point in a game that is now speeded up and very likely more demanding than it was before.... Every new leap of technology simply cranks up the speed of the game another notch. What improves my efficiency does the same for the millions of other players.