Mr. Adventure wrote:
I have to admit though that Kirk did like to stick it to the machines.
The scripted handling of Kirk's feelings in "The Ultimate Computer"
actually predicted the future well; today, many in once tradtional factory/assembly industries, security and medical patient records/registration positions are angered that computer controlled "labor" increasingly phases out the human element every few years. It does not help that the consumer culture's blank-eyed lust for everything happening yesterday / gadget conveience, encourages industry (public and private) to cut costs while pursuing what is percieved as the more efficient business model.
I think it also could play into some of the recent concerns over the usage of military drones.