Bill Joy's cover story on the dangers posed by developments in genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics ("Why the Future Doesn't Need Us," Wired 8.04) struck a deep cultural nerve. Instantly.

Literally within hours of its appearance, reactions began arriving via email, fax, and phone from all parts of the globe. In The New York Times and The Washington Post, Joy's essay was recognized as a landmark publishing event, a judgment affirmed by countless online publications, newspapers, magazines, and television networks in America and abroad. The Times of London reported that the article "is being compared to Einstein's 1939 letter to President Roosevelt alerting him to the possibility of a nuclear bomb." read more