Bill Joy is an interesting guy. Best known for his work 25 years ago as the designer of Berkeley Unix operating system, Joy played a part as one of the developers and early backers of the now ubiquitous Java software.
Technology Maven Looks to the Future, Questions Scientific Progress
... since 2000, Joy also has become a lightning rod of opposition to the notion that all scientific progress is good. His 20,000 word Wired magazine cover article entitled "Why the future doesn't need us" sparked a wide-ranging ethics debate.
Why the future doesn't need us
The essence of Bill Joy's article is captured in the subhead: "Our most powerful 21st-century technologies -- robotics, genetic engineering and nanotech -- are threatening to make humans an endangered species"
Bill Joy Leaves Sun Microsystems
Sun Microsystems said Tuesday that Bill Joy, its chief scientist and a software pioneer who became an outspoken critic of an over-automated society, is leaving the embattled computer maker he helped.
I'd like to see Bill's mountain-top Valhalla research lab in Aspen, Colorado. My mind conjures up fantastic views and gadgets galore.
Read the Wired article here.