Kenya's elite technology sector, and later the Kenyan state, similarly mobilized a techno-utopian
discourse that described governance as a logistical, technical operation rather than an ethical, political one.
Those opening words would seem to describe, with the zeal typical of the modern techno-utopian
, the arrival of our new online media environment with its feeds, streams, texts and tweets.
Evaluations of the present were more cheerful, with techno-utopian
George Gilder declaring that the 1980s would be recalled "as the epic when America overcame entropy and socialism succumbed to it." Alan Reynolds said the '80s would be remembered "for a revival of democracy and capitalism, for privatization, deregulation, and reduced tax penalties for increasing output and income."
Eric Drexler, Hans Marovec, and Marvin Minsky, Dinello seeks to counter their "techno-utopian
" claims with dire images of the consequences of arrogantly believing that we can become godlike through the application of our technological prowess.
For the rest of us, Abramson provides a readable articulation of the techno-utopian
I met Internet scholar Lisa Nakamura at a conference held in Oslo in late 2001, where she showed how techno-utopian
dreams reproduced racist patterns.
The co-founder of Extropy Institute, a Southern California body-builder and Ayn Randian named Max, had his last name changed from O'Conner to More, because "I was going to get better at everything, become smarter, fitter, and healthier." (10) The co-mingling of serious theory and policy consideration with a grab bag of techno-utopian
projects makes for easy targets for the biocons, diverting the debate from core substantive issues.
Layer upon layer of the science and the techno-utopian
project are unrelentingly piled up.
Combine a shop-class, tools-based approach with the unbridled fervor of techno-utopian
prophets, and you've got the milieu of many of today's ed-tech classrooms.
In an imaginative exploration of the history of technology and its impact on popular perception, Michael Smith examines the techno-utopian
image of the future embedded in the rides and exhibits of the 1964 New York World's Fair that celebrated the endless power of American technology to control the forces of nature and, implicitly, the forces of man.
He doesn't have techno-utopian
dreams like Trout; he makes no grandiose calls for a Department of Peace or an inspector jen-eral.
Shirky isn't a techno-utopian
. He acknowledges that previous technological shifts engendered periods of chaos and unrest before society coalesced around a new set of rules.