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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    
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    Issue #116     A Publication of The Nature Institute      January 11, 2001
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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
       Growing Potatoes in the Ivory Tower
    
    Factory-farmed Pigs: Further Thoughts (Douglas Sloan)
       How human society mirrors our attitudes toward animals
    
    DEPARTMENTS
    
    Correspondence
       It's Not the Media; It's the World (Jillian Baxter)
       Computer Game Stereotypes May Be Wrong (Jeff Dieffenbach)
       Response to Jeff Dieffenbach (Langdon Winner)
       Negativity Is Better Than False Positivity (Myron 'Pete' Krimm)
       The Dangers of Undue Modesty (Kevin Kelly)
       Technology for People with Disabilities (Josh Krieger)
       One Positive Solution: Home Schooling (Rick Powers)
       It's Time to Articulate a Vision (Tom Mahon)
       The Positives and Negatives of Technology (Thomas Leavitt)
       NetFuture May Prove a Victim of Its Own Success (James Souttar)
       An Effort to Teach Children about Technology (Miguel F. Aznar)
    
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                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    
    You'll have to forgive me for including one particular, four-line letter
    to the editor in this issue.  I guess my impulse to include the letter has
    something to do with the fact that it defies normal editorial and
    deliberative standards with such spectacular verve as to achieve the level
    of poetry.  I couldn't help appreciating the achievement.
    
    This issue is completely given over to reader response.  Even the feature
    article by Douglas Sloan is actually a response to Lowell Monke's article
    in NF #114 on factory-farmed hogs.  Don't miss the connection Sloan, both
    a Kansas farm-boy and a life-long educator, finds between raising hogs in
    confinement units and educating children in confinement units.
    
    SLT
    
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                             QUOTES AND PROVOCATIONS
    
    
    Growing Potatoes in the Ivory Tower
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    NetFuture reader Peter Kindlmann passed this along from the INNOVATION
    newsletter (Jan. 1, 2001):
    
       Scientists at Edinburgh University have pioneered a genetically
       modified "super potato" whose leaves glow green when they're
       dehydrated.  The plants have been injected with a fluorescence gene
       from a luminous jelly