I'm going to ask an other question which is being discussed on the net: Are you using
the Internet? Do you have an e-mail address?
No, no, I don't. I don't have an e-mail address, I don't even have a modem. As much as
I admire the Internet I suffer literally agoraphobia, which in it's original sense means a
fear of the marketplace. I do not want to receive three hundred e-mail messages per week
from strangers wanting to communicate with me. If only because I'd be tempted to open them
all and look at them. And there goes, you know, half the time that I have to write. I mean,
the amount of physical mail and other communications I get these days is already swamping
Will you ever use the Internet?
When it's evolved a bit more and the interface is very easy and I have a bit more time in
my life, I think I will use it because it'll
| be convenient and I think it will increasingly
become the way that we will do anything.
One thing I don't like about using the Internet at
this point is that it's sufficiently difficult to use that people who've learnt how to use
it can feel a certain pride, feel a certain accomplishment. It's apparently a rather steep
learning curve at the beginning. So that gives it a sort of elitist appeal. And that's
going to disappear as the interface design evolves and becomes sufficiently transparent.
Children will be able to use it, everyone will be able to use it, and at that point we'll
see some amazing social changes I think. It's limited now by just terrible, primitive
interface design and that keeps it in the hands of a dedicated few. A dedicated few
millions of millions, but still relatively few people are using it.
I think that's it. Thank you.