12 Unabomber Artifacts You Could Now Bid On

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Ted Kaczynski might be the most famous anti-technologist of the last quarter of the 20th century. He sent 16 bombs to university and airline officials, killing three and injuring 20. His manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future, was published in the Washington Post and the New York Times. He argued "the Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race," in making a series of harsh critiques of all technology as impinging on freedom. His bombings were the most extreme form of his anti-tech activism.

Tomorrow, the U.S. Marshals will begin selling his possessions via an online auction run by the General Services Administration. "We will use the technology that Kaczynski railed against in his various manifestos to sell artifacts of his life," said U.S. Marshal Albert Nájera of the Eastern District of California in a release. "The proceeds will go to his victims and, in a very small way, offset some of the hardships they have suffered."

Below, you can find 12 of the most intriguing items from his typewriter to his bow and arrows. The auction ends June 2.


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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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