Ridley who is himself a techno-Optimist makes the same old
mistakes that pessimists do. He Forgets that dematerialization has already
taken effect in things such a building sky scrappers, roads, bridges etc. We are using les materials to make any given
unit of production today that we did 50 years ago. When Buckminster Fuller used
to ask people, how much does your building weigh, everyone thought back then
that he was a little nuts, today he is right on target. The new Xtopia being
built in Shanghai
will be using modern techniques and materials. Ephemeralization, as Bucky liked to call it,
is effecting everything, even cars weighs less and have less metal in them then
only 10 years ago.
It seems the old ways of thinking sticks with us even when
we are fans of the new paradigm.