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I looked, the section I'm referring starts around 4:30
I think the evidence shows that technology is always ethically neutral. When early humans begun welding rocks as tools (one of the first technological developments), this could be used to both club someone to death more efficiently OR to build a house and have a sturdier shelter.
To get to the level of development we are at today, it appears humans have consistently chosen constructive uses of technology over destructive ones. I can't see the evidence that the Industrial Revolution fundamentally changed things in this respect.
I think trying to bundle the Unabomber in as a part of the tedious Left-vs-Right culture wars misses the mark spectacularly. After all, he seems to have been driven to act against technology and science based on its percieved corrosive effects on individual liberty! Eg. "In these pages, it is argued that continued scientific and technical progress will inevitably result in the extinction of individual liberty."
What's your reasoning behind him being a subset of the left, when he clearly has argued against them?
edit: also, from paragraph 18 of his manifesto: "18. Modern leftist philosophers tend to dismiss reason, science, objective reality and to insist that everything is culturally relative."
I think you haven't read the manifesto, and just wanted to drop Rand into a conversation for no good reason.
I say this as someone who hadn't read the article and has just done so due to this link.
Plus, I usually see a year after a title as indicating quality. It says that the article isn't about some current fad but is a genuinely good/interesting read.