industrial Society And Its Future
The machines might be permitted to make all of their own decisions without human oversight, or else human control over the machines might be retained. Our society tends to regard as a “sickness” any mode of thought or behavior that is inconvenient for the system, and this is plausible because when an individual doesn’t fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a “cure” for a “sickness” and therefore as good. Kaczynski had intended for his mail bombing campaign to raise awareness for the message in Industrial Society and Its Future, which he wanted to be seriously regarded.
The manifesto is worth reading for what it was. But it should also be followed up by his further books. He would agree with you that it is not as solid as it should be and he has been writing since then to fill in the gaps and even refute some of his own arguments. Climate change is a problem that technology contributes to and the majority of people have changed their goals to technologies that do significantly less damage to the environment, we have made significant progress in this regard.
And as is sometimes the case, fanatics can take things to the tragic extreme. Yet there is something to be taken away from his words if you read closely; it’s that we give up a piece of ourselves whenever we adjust to conform to society’s standards. We’re letting technology take over our lives, willingly.
” say the technophiles, “Science is going to fix all that! We will conquer famine, eliminate psychological suffering, make everybody healthy and happy! The Industrial Revolution was supposed to eliminate poverty, make everybody happy, etc. The technophiles are hopelessly naive (or self-deceiving) in their understanding of social problems. They are unaware of the fact that when large changes, even seemingly beneficial ones, are introduced into a society, they lead to a long sequence of other changes, most of which are impossible to predict . So it is very probable that in their attempts to end poverty and disease, engineer docile, happy personalities and so forth, the technophiles will create social systems that are terribly troubled, even more so than the present once.
Ethnic and other conflicts must not be ignored, but should be spoken of as subsidiary to the larger problem. Don’t blame ordinary Americans for being massive consumers, blame the advertising industry for manipulating them. Other possible futures for a technological society are even worse.
Roads are one of the oldest technologies originally built so we could get armies places faster, arguably a bad thing but those same roads can be use for ambulances that save peoples lives. Its obvious that how people use technology is good or bad and the technology is an inanimate object incapable of ethics, the unaboamber never considers this simply because it is irrelevant to his belief system. Not saying the Unabomber actually has anything worth reading, I’ve never read the manifesto, but dismissing it wholesale before doing so is rather illogical. Kaczinsky was somebody with a strong desire to change things and who believes the dangers are real.