An interesting interview with Bill Joy over at Wired: Hope is a Lousy Defence.
One choice quote:
You did once say that we shouldn’t “let the future just happen.” Haven’t laissez-faire and free markets won out over planned economies?
Our problem is no longer “going faster,” getting to the future as fast as possible, but rather dealing with limits – limiting our own greed to avoid disaster in the environment and limiting what rogue individuals and states can do. Market mechanisms don’t address these problems. Things that aren’t accounted for in the cost equations – especially catastrophic events, the value of our survival – don’t get dealt with.
Well worth the read.