Fifteen Minutes of Fame; Death and Taxes
by Robert E. Rogoff
1. On the idea of fifteen minutes of fame
Andy Warhol said, "In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes," or words to that effect. Actually, he was wrong. From now on, everyone will be famous until the end of reality as we know it.
2. On the inevitability of death and taxes
Well, maybe they won't always be sure things.
Between biogenetic research and the possibility of uploading personalities, death may not be inevitable, at least not until the end of the universe.
Taxes might be superfluous given an economy revolutionized by the existence of a true nanotechnology assembler.
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