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The Techno-Optimist Manifesto

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Advancing technology is one of the most virtuous things that we can do.

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We are being lied to. We are told that technology takes our jobs, reduces our wages, increases inequality, threatens our health, ruins the environment, degrades our society, corrupts our children, impairs our humanity, threatens our future, and is ever on the verge of ruining everything.

Our civilization was built on technology. Our civilization is built on technology. Technology is the glory of human ambition and achievement, the spearhead of progress, and the realization of our potential. For hundreds of years, we properly glorified this.

It is time, once again, to raise the technology flag. It is time to be Techno-Optimists.

We believe growth is progress — leading to vitality, expansion of life, increasing knowledge, higher well being. We agree with Paul Collier when he says, "Economic growth is not a cure-all, but lack of growth is a kill-all."

From Andreessen Horowitz
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