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Comment by Bill H (brulez@gmail.com) on Honoring Petrov Day on LessWrong, in 2020 · 2020-09-26T22:02:56.604Z · LW · GW

Agreed, this is probably the best lesson of all.  If the buttons exist, they can be hacked or the decision makers can be socially engineered.

270 people might have direct access, but the entire world has indirect access.

Comment by Bill H (brulez@gmail.com) on Why haven't we celebrated any major achievements lately? · 2020-09-09T07:48:41.864Z · LW · GW

How about the invention of the Internet?

No celebration since it doesn't really have a clearly defined date, but I'd argue it is relatively recent and may have impacted society more than any of the events you listed. It's amazing that the majority of humans on earth now have access to such a wealth of information.