I find the rash of stories raising alarms we're headed to ruin in conversation, privacy, loneliness, intelligence are essentially condescending regarding our judgment in the face of change and new opportunities. Won't we ever learn that we see these cries in any period of change? Won't we ever give sufficient respect to our fellow humans to think they can adapt? Note, too, the danger of decrying technology and the disruption it brings: That opens the door to those who would try to control that technology and forestall the change and opportunity it brings.
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- Torture chamber technology is inherently bad. Nuclear weapons are inherently bad. Many forms of technology are devised by diabolical jerks and intended for nefarious purposes. Neutral technology can be diverted to totalitarian and misanthropic aims, which requires resistance and dissent.Apr 23, 2012
- Spammer!!!!!Apr 24, 2012
- As predicted, robots and automation are greatly reducing the jobs available for humans. We are outmoded and being deleted.Apr 24, 2012
- I find myself in a somewhat paradoxical position. I am by nature a skeptical person. I question everything and take almost nothing for granted. On the other hand I am excited and hopeful about the future and its new technologies. I don't feel these positions are mutually exclusive.
When I hear a new technological claim, breakthrough, etc. I always question methodology, source of funding, and conflicts of interest that can lead to bias. I also tend to question the motives of those who have a vested interest in using tech to suppress the rights and lives of others.
But I am also very excited about the potential that tech has to excel society to greater heights, and love when it does happen. (I can't wait for my self-driving car.)
Unfortunately there will always be people who use technology for nefarious or selfish purposes, but I do not believe we should stop the innovating because of this.Apr 25, 2012
- The Technological Imperative: humans must submit to new technology and not evaluate its moral implications. Technocrats are the new priests and their faith must not be questioned.Apr 25, 2012
- No matter what time you live in you will always hear the universal complaint that, "Never have we lived in such bizarre, intemperate, inhumane era!" but a historical timeline does show that certain times are more clement and forgiving than others.
Alexandrian Greece or the Dark Ages? The Ottoman Empire or Medieval Europe? In fact, it's not as clear cut as we might believe from a contemporary standpoint. The modern "age of technology" will give rise to those who adapt to its changes and find no fault with them while those on the cusp will be terrified of the theoretical possibilities.
Well, hasn't change accelerated over a short period of time?
An unimpressive motor-powered flight of a machine too heavy to fly by air currents did so in 1903 when the Wright Bros. thought to create air currents by on board machines creating air currents. 66 years later on July 20,1969 a manned vehicle -- Apollo 11 -- landed safely on the Moon. Not much time between those events, easily within a lifetime for one to have seen both but only the second was possible to be seen everywhere on earth via "television waves".
But to what ill-use could this "audio/video" be put to? More than I can list here!
The "techno-maniacs" are carrying this and other, far more highly refined technologies further and all we can hope for is the unlikely event that cooler heads will prevail, not the power-mad.Jun 24, 2012