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February 18, 2010

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Gail Jonas

Chris Hedges has written an intersting article about whether or not the Net has improved discourse/democracy: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_information_super-sewer_20100214/.

I don't necessarily agree with him but found his perspective interesting.

Tarun Srivastava

I would beg to differ here. Its not innovation that needs to be responsible. Its the application or use of it.
Let me give some examples.
Electricity - The fact that some people use it to electrecute or get electrecuted by mistake does not mean the innovator had a responsibility not to get his idea out.
Nuclear Power - The ability to harness the most abundant form of energy is natural. Now if some people take it to extreme and create Nuclear bomb should not stop such thinking.
There are scores of other things - Petroleum (maybe used to set fire, Air crafts - Fighter Aircrafts to bomb n kill, cough syrup - To get High:), and the very basic thing used in every houeshold, Knife - Some people use it to stab). Its the twisted human mind that would discredit the innovation not the innovation itself.
The most striking innovation that I know of is Anthrax. It only has destructive use as far as I know. But we can learn a lot from it. If we try to understand how a bacteria protects its DNA to increase its chances of survival or in simple words makes it a tough guy, we can may be one day create a medicine which can help human survive extreme weather, extreme radiation or even help in space missions. Possibilities are endless. So its not the innovation but the use or rather misuse of it should be of concern. Not entirely related but something which effects me in my life. Not that H1B visa is a wrong idea. The abuse of it maybe. The govt should understand there are some people who abuse it and there are some who definitely would add to the American Brain power. But USCIS seems to be inspired by Mr Jeff Ubois and not by the ideas of like mine.

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