...if you could understand how to represent the
important elements of the human personality, then
eventually you could build a scanning machine
and extract the essence of the person--the intellect,
the theories, the ideas, the way of thinking--and
put it in another piece of hardware that would last
longer than human bodies.
MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Our entire much-praised technological progress,
and civilization generally, could be compared
to an ax in the hands of a pathological criminal.
In a time like this, one sees what a
wretched animal species we belong to.