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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Do you agree with this quote?

"I think that technologies are morally neutral until we apply them. It's only when we use them for good or for evil that they become good or evil." - William Gibson

Oh, and you get points if you can tell me the name of this song without looking it up.

"Hush little baby, don't say a word.

And never mind that noise you heard.

It's just the beasts under you bed,

In your closet, in your heard."

Update:

All technologies only have one purpose, the purpose they were built for. However, the same explosive that is put into an IED can be used to help make the Sitting Bull Monument in South Dakota.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Gibson's heart and mind is in the right place, but he's reaching too far. Some technologies are evil, and can only be used for evil. An example is VX nerve gas. See (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkbBnvz0rw0

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    The thing is: even those technologies are a necessary evil. The U.S. has stockpiles of VX, for instance, because the Chinese and Russians have their own stockpiles. It functions as an effective deterrent to keep those countries from starting their own gas-wars.

    A better quote is: "Technologies vary between being morally good or morally evil. Whether they function as a good or as a necessary evil rather than an evil depends on us."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, I do not agree...

    Some technologies were invented for the sole purpose of evil.

    ...and not sure the title of the song, but I know it's Metallica

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  • Sugar
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The first one only.

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  • Scott
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    1 decade ago

    Yes I agree with that quote.

    Enter Sandman - Metallica

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  • 1 decade ago

    that's metallica...enter sandman. cool quote except if you're talking about making bombs...they only have one purpose

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't believe in Morals.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes I guess so.

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