Now, instead of pheromones and handshakes, we’ve got to find nuance and cues from video images on a Facetime call.
Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather…I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us.
Online, everybody else is always happy, good-looking and at a party.
Everyone knows that the initial research that led to the Internet was funded by the government, but that only emphasises just how unexpected everything about the Internet has been.
It is impossible that anyone in a position of power would, had they understood just how deeply the Internet would disrupt all aspects of life, authorised its creation. No one saw any of this coming.
Telecommunications remain slow and expensive, with any attempt to access the Internet requiring three rounds of swearing, two rounds of prayer, and a series of sacrifices to pagan, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish gods.
It is hardly possible to overrate the value . . . of placing human beings in contact with persons dissimilar to themselves.” He then admitted, with some resignation, that this describes the Internet we should want, not the Internet we have.