I think it’s creating conditions which will arrive, which will result in some sort of catastrophic failure. Because if you build tension in a system without release, ultimately it breaks catastrophically. So I think you got fewer people in the work, the people who are in work, or having to work longer hours in most stressed environments. I don’t think long term it’s sustainable, and at the same time you got related social phenomenon like the… we’re back, in Britain for example, to Victorian levels in differential in pay, so we thought we’re moving away from that, but we’re now back to the situation where the superrich are so superrich it’s unbelievable and everybody else is poor.
And that’s going to… that’s increasingly, if you look at it, in France, in Britain, not yet in the States, creating a level of social tension, which is going to kickback and technology, as it always has, favors the revolutionary. It’s no coincidence if you look at War Museums, you see printing presses, it’s the ability to communicate fast that makes the revolution, and social convenience can help that. So I think it’s going to come. The form it takes is going to be interesting and how governments respond is going to be interesting.
You already see some stupidities with the attempt to take hackers, and deport them to the States and have them prosecuted. And that’s just getting like crazy, but I think governments are going to struggle. And they haven’t thought about it yet, and they tend to think in the short term ineluctability rather than long term, and we haven’t really got a legal infrastructure to handle capabilities and technology in there, or to handle issues of responsibility and identity on which most legal systems depend.