chapter  4
7 Pages

A Response to Bill Joy and the Doom-and-Gloom Technofuturists

WithJohn Seely Brown, Paul Duguid

If you lived through the 1950s, you might remember President Eisenhower, orderly suburban housing tracts, backyard bomb shelters—and dreams of a nuclear power plant in every home. Plans for industrial nuclear generators had barely left the drawing board before futurists predicted that every house would have a miniature version. From there, technoenthusiasts predicted the end of power monopolies, the emergence of the “electronic cottage,” the death of the city and the decline of the corporation.