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Men release powerful changes into the world with cavalier disregard for consequences … they begin to ‘use’ apparatus, technique, and organization with no attention to the ways in which these ‘tools’ unexpectedly rearrange their lives … they willingly submit the governance of their affairs to the expertise of others … they begin to participate without second thought in megatechnical systems far beyond their comprehension or control … they endlessly proliferate technological forms of life that isolate people from each other and cripple rather than enrich the human potential … they stand idly by while vast technical systems reverse the reasonable relationship between means and ends.

—Langdon Winner, Autonomous Technology (1977)

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