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Paul Gardner wrote:
Access: I agree that technology needs to be examined closely, but given the "Impossible" tag that was applied to radio, TV, Space exploration, etc. the naysayers have been proven wrong so many times they should learn and shut up.
Healthy skepticism is mostly an attitude for the discriminating consumer. If I was a gullible idiot, after watching that video I might believe every word of it and rush to sell all my IS lenses believing that the software would make IS redundant (causing the value of any IS lens to drop significantly in the future). Skepticism and gullibility are polar opposites, a gullible person believes everything they are told, a skeptical person believes things only when they see it for themselves. This kind of technology might have its applications (ie. reversing censorship or other forms of artificial blurring done by editors/publishers/etc. to hide something they don't want the audience to see) but one had best wait to see it demonstrated in the real world rather than someone's fantasy world before even so much as getting excited about it.
Likewise I can argue that in the cases where the naysayers were wrong, they actually helped the development along rather than hindered it. For many of these advancements, they gave the inventor an additional reason to push forward, ie. "If for no other reason, to prove everybody else wrong!"