So, I know you're going to increasingly be experiencing the joy of designing FPGAs into the zoomiest applications. News is coming out fast and furious regarding that fact and I'm very excited as well.
Intel's news this morning about the future of consumer applications based on "user-aware" platforms (Intel--Technologies Will be More Aware), touched a nerve. I've read and reread an article by Bill Joy many times, admiring both his point of view and his courage to express it.
What I'm talking about is the Sun Microsystem's co-founder Joy's April 2000 Wired article, "Why the future doesn't need us." Quoting a portion of Ray Kurzweil's The Age of Spiritual Machines, Joy found one passage particularly disturbing:
It might be argued that the human race would never be foolish enough to hand over all the power to the machines. But we are suggesting neither that the human race would voluntarily turn power over to the machines nor that the machines would willfully seize power. What we do suggest is that the human race might easily permit itself to drift into a position of such dependence on the machines that it would have no practical choice but to accept all of the machines' decisions. As society and the problems that face it become more and more complex and machines become more and more intelligent, people will let machines make more of their decisions for them, simply because machine-made decisions will bring better results than man-made ones.
Maybe it's time we all read Intel's news and then the article again. It's easy to find with a search. So, what do you think? Any concern?