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June 05, 2012

Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind

Armed extremists are targeting scientists and engineers.

A group calling itself the Olga Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation International Revolutionary Front has claimed responsibility for the non-fatal shooting of a nuclear-engineering executive on 7 May in Genoa, Italy. The same group sent a letter bomb to a Swiss pro-nuclear lobby group in 2011; attempted to bomb IBM’s nanotechnology laboratory in Switzerland in 2010; and has ties with a group responsible for at least four bomb attacks on nanotechnology facilities in Mexico. Security authorities say that such eco-anarchist groups are forging stronger links.

Jihad, Butlerian: (see also Great Revolt): [Frank] Herbert may have coined the name from 19th-century author Samuel Butler, who has the citizens of Erewhon enact a prohibition on machines newer than 270 years fearing that "it was the race of the intelligent machines and not the race of men which would be the next step in evolution."

Machine breaking: At one time, there were more British soldiers fighting the Luddites than Napoleon I on the Iberian Peninsula.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 5, 2012 08:04 AM