The Unabomber and the Slow Technology Movement

June 10, 2023 /Technology/ — Theodore John Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, was a mathematics prodigy who abandoned his academic career in 1969 to pursue a primitive lifestyle. Between 1978 and 1995, Kaczynski murdered three individuals and injured 23 others in a nationwide mail bombing campaign against people he believed to be advancing modern technology and the destruction of the natural environment.

Kaczynski was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, in 1942. He was a brilliant child and excelled in school. He attended Harvard University at the age of 16 and graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1962. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1967.

After graduating from Michigan, Kaczynski took a teaching position at the University of California, Berkeley. However, he only taught for one year before leaving academia altogether. He moved to a remote cabin in Montana and lived a simple life off the grid.

In 1978, Kaczynski began his mail bombing campaign. His first bomb exploded at the University of Chicago, injuring a graduate student. Over the next 17 years, he mailed or hand-delivered a series of increasingly sophisticated bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others.

Kaczynski’s targets included university professors, airline executives, and computer scientists. He also sent a manifesto to major newspapers, in which he outlined his philosophy of industrial society and its future. In the manifesto, Kaczynski argued that modern technology was destroying human freedom and leading to environmental destruction. He called for a revolution against the industrial system.

In 1995, Kaczynski’s brother recognized his writing style in the manifesto and turned him in to the FBI. Kaczynski was arrested and pleaded guilty to his crimes. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Kaczynski’s motives for his crimes were complex and have been the subject of much debate. Some experts believe that he was motivated by a deep-seated hatred of technology. Others believe that he was mentally ill. Still others believe that he was simply a product of his environment.

Kaczynski was a strong opponent of modern technology and the destruction of the natural environment. He believed that these things were leading to the destruction of human freedom and happiness.