This gives me chills. He seems to be foretelling an internet, or a computerized “open society, tolerant of every view, aware there is no single privileged way of doing things.” He also said, though, that this “new instrument” or “new system”, could “make conformity more rigid, more totalitarian than ever before in history.”
He’s still alive. I wonder what he thinks about how things turned out.
James Burke (born 22 December 1936) is a British broadcaster, science historian, author, and television producer. He was one of the main presenters of the BBC1 science series Tomorrow’s World from 1965 to 1971 and created and presented the television series Connections (1978), and its more philosophical sequel The Day the Universe Changed (1985), about the history of science and technology. The Washington Post has called him “one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world”.