[NTLK] OT: iPad vs. MS Courier: Sound Off

Ed Kummel tech_ed at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 9 15:12:29 EDT 2010

I'm of the mindset of "define the future" first.
Are we talking about the immediate (next few months to perhaps 10-20 years from now?) or distant (100 years from now) future?
Honestly, your exposure to the futures listed above will determine your reaction to that future.
A future 20 years from now? Sure, I want that to be somewhere I can live (and die) with minimal stress. A future 100 years from now? What do I care? I'll be long gone before that future gets here! If you have other reasons to be concerned with that future, then that's strictly up to you. Personally, I don't and could care less what that future holds. As long as my life-time is taken care of.
I know that sounds cold and callous, but I have to be honest. I'm on this world for a limited length of time. I don't have any children, don't want any and can't abide by them either. So, my future is *MY* future. I don't have to plan for anyone else other than me and my wife.
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--- On Thu, 4/8/10, Ryan <newtontalk at me.com> wrote:

From: Ryan <newtontalk at me.com>
Subject: Re: [NTLK] OT: iPad vs. MS Courier: Sound Off
To: newtontalk at newtontalk.net
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7:41 PM


I'm not sure that I am decidedly optimistic about the future.  I am both optimistic and pessimistic.  3 dimensional thinking...

I'm optimistic because I think technology can save the world.  I'm pessimistic because government and companies could stymie access to that technology.  Invent the food replicator did you?  Just got offered $50 million for a buyout of the patents by AT&T?...

I think what this comes down to is that we are each responsible for this future.  Some things aren't worth the money.  I hope we get to a point where the overarching principles inherent in each of us revolve around the following rule: never profit off the suffering of another.

Thank you,


On Thursday, April 08, 2010, at 03:40PM, "Riccardo Mori" <rick at newted.org> wrote:
>quoth Ryan:
>> So I think the only way to predict the future is to be open to it.  To be as objective as possible.  We need to be mindful of the past but we have to realize the immense totality of variables that are at play.

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