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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #98      A Publication of The Nature Institute     November 23, 1999
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                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
    
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    CONTENTS
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    Editor's Note
    
    Quotes and Provocations
       Life-saving Technologies That Kill
       Alien Technologies That Operate on Us
       Who Gave Away Control of the World's Germ Plasm?
    
    DEPARTMENTS
    
    Correspondence
       Re: The Most Slothful of Sloth Moths (Steve Baumgarten)
       Genetic Engineers Following in Auto Industry's Tracks? (Andrew Hallam)
       Cheap Shots at Ubiquitous Computing (Alan Wexelblat)
       When Technology Is Too Helpful (Bob Froelich)
       We'll Get What We Choose (and I'll Choose Convenience) (Thomas Leavitt)
       Constructivism and the Arrogance of Humanism (Lance Strate)
       There Is a Place for Subject Matter (Peter Brouwer)
       A Healthy and Balanced Constructivism (Paul Edwards)
       The Irrelevance of School (Rich Baldwin)
       Is It the Waldorf Method, or the Teachers? (Adam Smith)
    
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                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    
    If you've got access to the New York Times, you might take a look at next
    Thursday's "Circuits" section (November 25).  A feature story on
    NETFUTURE is scheduled to appear there.  Of course, you never know
    whether a story will appear on schedule -- or at all.  But, in any case, I
    had a delightful, day-long visit and interview with NETFUTURE reader and
    Times staffer, Lisa Guernsey, and subsequently with veteran photographer,
    Al Solomon, who had to draw on all his sports-photography skills to
    try to capture some birds landing on me at the "holistic bird feeding
    station" at my home.  I don't know how well he succeeded -- although
    I believe he did succeed in preventing any feathered customer
    from putting a deposit down on a new camera.  (After two years of
    this feeding and thousands of "landings", I've suffered exactly one
    scatological assault -- and that an extremely demure and harmless one.
    I've never figured it out.  Informal statistical observations suggest
    there ought to be a different outcome.  Must be the birds' high respect
    for me.)
    
    Mostly reader correspondence in this issue -- and I still had to leave out
    some interesting letters due to space limitations.
    
    SLT
    
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