Cory Doctorow feels pretty good about the future by Alan Jacobs (Text Patterns | The New Atlantis)

In this odd little story by Cory Doctorow global warming has dramatically increased temperatures, but it’s not such a big deal. In Burbank, California, in the not-too-distant future, “It was only March, but Burbank was baking: Three days in a row it had hit 120 degrees by noon”; and “the yea…

I agree with Jacobs here. Doctorow (and the original techno-utopians he is talking about) overestimate the ability of technology to solve basic human problems. It is not a matter of moral suasion or getting back to the roots of what we think made the web good. We can’t roelax fundamental human interaction with technology and expect everything to be peachy.