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"I've been very obsessive about writing science fiction for far too many years. Anyone with an ounce of sense would have given up years ago."
- Charles Stross

Planetary Computer Network  
  A global data net.  

When someone, as a domineering personality, fights for power, he surely knows what he is doing; he is acting with intention and according to a plan, ethical or not, that makes sense and has a purpose, which we might even be able to discern. But if a gradual accretion of informatic machines and memory banks creates a governmental, continental, and eventually planetary computer network, which is the direction of the current development, the system composed of people and the said network may acquire a dynamic trajectory that does not coincide with the interests of our civilization. More specifically, the system might begin to drift...
Technovelgy from Dialogues, by Stanislaw Lem.
Published by Not Known in 1957
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