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The other day I watched "2001" again; I forgot how funny it can be. Kubrick's satire is accurate and prophetic. But that of course means it is frightening too—we never seem to learn anything. It has been obvious to many for a long time (I was teaching this back when I was in graduate school in the 70s) that technological "fixes" for the problems that technology has produced don't really fix anything; they just compound the problems. What is needed is not new and scarier technology but as Rilke put it, "you must change your life." That is, we must change ourselves. But the likelihood of that happening doesn't seem very great.