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1: The Headlong Rush of Time
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If our world survives, the next great challenge to watch out for will come--you heard it here first--when the curves of research and development in artificial intelligence, molecular biology, and robotics all converge. Oboy. It will be amazing and unpredictable, and even the biggest of brass, let us devoutly hope, are going to be caught flat-footed. It is certainly something for all good Luddites to look forward to if, God willing, we should live so long.
--Thomas Pynchon, New York Times Book Review, 1984
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