Payne posts an open letter to Andreessen following one of the VC’s ‘tweetstorms’ supporting robots. Payne admits to being an early fan of Andreessen’s work, but disagrees with his recent viewpoints:
You seem to think everyone’s worried about robots. But what everyone’s worried about is you, Marc. Not just you, but people like you. Robots aren’t at the levers of financial and political influence today, but folks like you sure are. People are scared of so much wealth and control being in so few hands. Consequently, wherever you and other gatekeepers of capital direct your attention – towards robots, 3D printers, biotech, whatever – you’re going to detect a fearful response as people scramble to determine the impact of your decisions and whims.