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The Eaters and the Eaten: My Hopes, My Fears

I want to see the World Wide Web help the world grow. I look forward to the possibilities that the WWW offers to me as a writer. I am excited about the way that the World Wide Web can make education reachable by all peoples. But mostly, I am excited about the way that the WWW, and social media in particular, offers the opportunity for people to unite their voices in a song for progress. Whether that progress is to the benefit of the Earth or the advancement in the evolution of its people, the possibilities for good are breathtaking. 
By contrast, the possibilities that lie in its darkness are soul crushing. As with all "governed" domains, the sheep can be lost in the plight of the wolf. I don't want to be a sheep, but I accept that in all but a few competencies, I am. And so is the majority of the population when it comes to the intricacies of the web. 
From the beginning, technologies have been made available to the government, academics and then the wealthy before the…
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Presenting: Effortless Literacy for the World's Youth

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Convergence: Evolution to Singularity

Evolution pervades all existence, from cosmology to biology to technology. It is curious that Moore's Law has such a definite and accurate timeline. Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, could hardly present so accurate a prediction himself, but that may be because he primarily operated within biology and may not have known how evolution was so applicable outside his realm of expertise. Biology, of course, is completely dependent upon individual change being passed on and adopted by species either through reproduction or by mimicry. 
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Virtual Golden Age to Near Extinction (or Not?)

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"Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's"
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