quote of the month


From Warren McCulloch, one of the founding fathers of cybernetics:

“I don’t particularly like people, never have. Man to my mind is about the nastiest, most destructive of all animals. I don’t see any reason, if he can evolve machines that can have more fun than he himself can, why they shouldn’t take over, enslave us, quite happily. They might have a lot more fun, invent better games than we ever did.”

quoted in Mary Catherine Bateson, Our Own Metaphor (New York: Knopf, 1972)

Techno-utopianism (dystopianism?) for the win.