“Can we survive technology?”

Lessons from John von Neumann

In 1955 John von Neumann—one of founders of modern computing, mathematics, and the atom bomb—wrote an article titled: “Can we survive technology?”

His thoughts on the impacts and perils of technology within society remain prescient and critical to “surviving technology” in the modern age.

“Intervention in atmospheric and climatic matters […] will unfold on a scale difficult to imagine at present. […] this will merge each nation’s affairs with those of every other.”

The quotes below have been kept in order from the original piece and stand on their own merits.

Founder of the Thoughtful Technology Project & GMF non-res fellow. Prev Tow fellow & Chief Technologist @ Center for Social Media Responsibility. av@aviv.me

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