I was attracted to the MaidSafe vision of the internet because I believe, contrarily to the technotopians, that it is knowledge and collaboration that will take humanity to the next level, not ‘innovative’ gadgets and mechanical devices. But I just heard David Irvine talk about “flying cars” glowingly - what potential good do these things or any Elon Musk-esque gimmicky new ‘tech’ have for humanity beyond contributing to the constant barrage of substance-less ‘news’ that keep the (so-called) first world’s Prozac-addled populaces distracted from their pain. I see the likes of Elon Musk and Ray Kurzweil, not as innovators or scientists, but as religious figures of the turning of science into a religion, of the unmooring of scientific endeavor from its foundations in humanism and rational inquiry. Anyone that speaks well of Mr. Musk, of Mr. Kurzweil, of the zany, incompetently-derived, results of Big Science (see “the God particle”), etc. are highly suspect to me. Maybe MaidSafe will prove to be yet another technotopian pipe-dream that will end in tears (and more Prozac).
Edit: I know Irvine participates in this forum, so Mr. Irvine if you’re reading this: I don’t mean to bash your hard work. I think you’re a brilliant and admirable man. (Unlike Musk.)