Unraveling the Enigma of Ted Kaczynski
In world history class, we learn about the world around us and how we got to the point we are now. One of the most important events in human history was the Industrial Revolution which began in the 1830s and 1840s in Great Britain and eventually spread to the rest of the world, including the United States. The industrial revolution changed the course of history by being able to mass-produce items in a short amount of time. People started to migrate to the city, and aspects like transportation, economics, and even communication changed the world in so many aspects. A bright man turned evil named Ted Kaczynski, who got a score of 167 on his I.Q. test, entered Harvard at just the age of sixteen, went to grad school at the University of Michigan to pursue a field in mathematics, and by age twenty-five, he was an assistant professor at the University of California in Berkeley.
Decoding Ted Kaczynski’s Motivations and Beliefs
Ted began his reign of terror in ninety seventy-one by dropping out of the Berkeley school and from civilization. He began to live in a shack located in the Montana wilderness. He ignored water, used the lighting from homemade candles to read, and relied on rabbits for his basic needs. The nickname Unabomber came from the label of a code that the F.B.I uses for university and airline bombings, thus “Unabomb.” The Unabomber would attack by sending a homemade bomb through the mail, and it would reach victims who were either academics, businessmen, or random civilians. Ted kept up these terrorist acts for twenty years until nineteen ninety-six when 40 F.B.I. agents arrested him, and he was sent to a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. Eventually, he passed away last Saturday.
Understanding the Legacy of the Unabomber’s Manifesto
Ted threatened to continue his streak of violence if his manifesto wasn’t published, so in ninety eighty-five, The New York Times and The Washington Post published his manifesto “Industrial Society and its Future.” The thirty-five thousand-word manifesto talks about how the industrial revolution is “a disaster for the human race.” Ted talks about how the system will break down or survive at some point, and if either scenario happens, we need to be prepared for it. Ted’s manifesto states: “The industrial-technological system may survive or it may break down. If it survives, it may eventually achieve a low level of physical and psychological suffering, but only after passing through a long and very painful period of adjustment and only at the cost of permanently reducing human beings and many other living organisms to engineered products and mere cogs in the social machine. If the system breaks down the consequences will still be very painful. But the bigger the system grows the more disastrous the results of its breakdown will be, so if it is to break down it had best break down sooner rather than later.” This shows that technology can eventually reach its limit, and we need to foresee it before it’s too late.
Reflecting on the Unabomber’s Manifesto and Its Reverberations
As a final point, Artificial intelligence is an upcoming field in technology, and it can do things like to replicate someone’s voice which can be seen as useful for some but scary by others because of how accurate it can be, or help someone find the right words like ChatGPT. Regardless, this new technology can be advantageous or disadvantageous, depending on how we see it.