Stephen Hawking Asks The Internet a Question
Whatever happened to the good old days, when the bubonic plague and smallpox were the only biological weapons to worry about and a month's wages were a pound of salt? When civilization could barely defend itself against the onslaught barbarian hordes and half the population was enslaved? When wars would drag on violently for decades rather than last as cold-standoffs with very few casualties on either side? When those god-damned genetic engineers wouldn't design custom vaccines and insulin-producing potatoes? If only those greedy industrialists wouldn't provide enough jobs to keep us out of chains, enough food to fatten even our poor, and enough technology to put a significant portion of our species' sum total of knowledge into the hands of anyone with a library card and ten fingers to type with. If only they wouldn't provide us, in each successive year, with ever greater value at ever lower cost.
Who are we to kill trees so that we may live?