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The Future: History that Hasn’t Happened Yet - Bruce Sterling Keynote at SXSW 2017

“When we say that our machines can render us irrelevant we are buying into a suicidal ideology that has the dark allure of a martyr operation. … This particular breed of lethal passive despair is one of our period’s major moral vices. … We don’t lack gusto because our life is inherently not worth living, we actually lack conviction and self-esteem because we are lying to ourselves.”

“When we say that our machines can render us irrelevant we are buying into a suicidal ideology that has the dark allure of a martyr operation. … This particular breed of lethal passive despair is one of our period’s major moral vices. … We don’t lack gusto because our life is inherently not worth living, we actually lack conviction and self-esteem because we are lying to ourselves.”