"A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you'd never even hear about it." Huh? [...] in the (early) 20th century not so much.
Yeah, actually someone would notice something had happened to the next village long before "never".
(Note: World War 1 started in 1914. "A hundred years ago" just isn't as long as it used to be.)
When will computer geeks grasp that most of the human race actually enjoys the company of others and that there are actual economic reasons why people cluster?
Okay, so Kurzweil is betting on "the Naked Sun" scenario, rather than "the Caves of Steel", but to be fair to him, he's at least noticed that there's some tension between VR technology and New Urbanism. At Kevin Kelly's last Long Now talk, it was clear that this hasn't registered on him yet.