An interesting and timely debate
“There’s a strong fantasy element in the idea of a pill that can make people smarter,” says Mitchell Kapor, a pioneer in information technology. (He helped create what was once the world’s most popular spreadsheet software, Lotus 1-2-3.) Ultimately, such pills might face digital rivals if current trends in computer science continue. Engineers are busy designing better search engines and “virtual worlds” online where we can test ideas and share experiences with others in ways perhaps not possible today. Mr. Kapor is an investor in Linden Labs, the creator of a virtual world called Second Life.