This Lessig comment sounds like he’s wanting the fiscal stimulus because he’s bored by the old way of doing things:
If we’re lucky, we get the chance for this kind of transformation once a generation. It would be a scandal on the scale of the last 8 years to fritter it away.
New, hip things like broadband are cool. Let’s not fritter away the chance to force the whole economy to transition to these technologies.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m a total geek. I DO think broadband, smart grids, high speed railroad, online medical records, etc are cool. Its just not clear to me that these are efficiency improving technologies and even granted that, its not clear why these have to be public investments.
Larry Lessig and Will Ambrosini want these technologies therefore everyone else has to pay for them?