Based on dream machines:
If a person can drive a car with just basic understanding of its operations why was the early computer considered to be too complex for the layman? The layman does not know the specific engineering of a car and why it is built the way it is, yet they still have the capacity to use one. Why then was it thought that computers were out of reach for the layman?
Just like how scientists are held in high esteem, did the computer programmers or creators feel like they had earned that type of position? Not everyone can use the Hadron Collider in Switzerland so, with this train of thought, should everyone have been allowed to use a computer?
Nelson feared that at worst the computer would lock us in and at best, it would further individualistic traditions and create the highest ideals. It is evident by looking at today’s society that both has happened. If his theory was taken seriously when first published would the popular or preferred uses of the computer be different? Would it be solely educational and not seen as a novelty?