The implications of recent scientific study, both of what is made known in media and scientific journals, and what could be happening behind closed doors are immense, and extremely frightening. One cannot fathom what our future holds. Are we on a collision course where God Himself will have to intervene just as He did at the tower of Babel. Can this be stopped by us!?! Or are we witnessing humanity becoming, well NOT human?
- Transhumanism: Utopia for the Privileged: I wrote this discussion board post for E-Learning and Digital Cultures, a MOOC offered by the University of Edinburgh. Readings included the Transhumanist Declaration. This is my response. The Transhumanist Declaration constructs technology as a blinkered utopian ideology. Here are eight reasons why this is a problem. Read more HERE.
- Whatever a transhuman is, xe (a pronoun to encompass all conceivable states of personhood) will have to live in a world that enables xer to be transhuman. I’ll explore the impact of three likely-seeming aspects of that world: ubiquitous interconnected smart machines, continuous classification, and virtualism. Whatever a transhuman is, xe (a pronoun to encompass all conceivable states of personhood) will have to live in a world that enables xer to be transhuman. I’ll explore the impact of three likely-seeming aspects of that world: ubiquitous interconnected smart machines, continuous classification, and virtualism. [source]
- It looks like Ray Kurzweil prediction is getting materialised. In his book “Singularity is near”, he predicts that Nanobots is going to play an important role in achieving singularity by 2045. In his books, he mentions self replicating Nanobots will injected into the human body, which regulates, monitor, control and seamlessly integrate with the outside world.
Today DARPA, American government controlled military research is developing wireless, “ultra-miniaturized” and injectable electronic devices that could injected on to people’s nerves. [source]
- Technoprogressivism is an ideological stance with roots in Enlightenment thought which focuses on how human flourishing is advanced by the convergence of technological progress and democratic social change. Technoprogressives argue that technological innovations can be profoundly empowering and emancipatory when they are democratically and transparently regulated for safety and efficacy, and then made universally and equitably available. [source]
Elon Musk has been ranting about killer robots again.
Musk posted a comment on the futurology site Edge.org, warning readers that developments in AI could bring about robots that may autonomously decide that it is sensible to start killing humans.
…Here’s Musk’s deleted comment from Edge.org:
The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I’m not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast-it is growing at a pace close to exponential. The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don’t understand.
I am not alone in thinking we should be worried. The leading AI companies have taken great steps to ensure safety. The recognize the danger, but believe that they can shape and control the digital superintelligences and prevent bad ones from escaping into the Internet. That remains to be seen…
According to the article, the comment was deleted a few minutes after it was posted. (Which will no doubt be the source of new conspiracy theories.) [source]
- Well it may not seem obvious but there is a slight problem with the proliferation of devices for digital media…we have now a situation that we are in perpetual/infinite loop. The organisation whether business, academic or political or even NGO, has got to fulfil and use so many different mediums of technology to reach the end service user that it is a huge effort now to just get a cohesive communication out there. […] Now this may all be the market (ing) gaining efficiency and the perfection of the capitalist model, but don’t forget with much power comes much responsibility. Personally I believe this is a natural usurping of the former Religious frameworks of the middle ages into a Scientific Era. One which heralds great advantage to the individual Man – but not to the whole of humanity. So my gripe and caution is that if we as creatives are the new power holders we should have all the integrity we can muster in order to help swerve the efficiency driving of the New Age into something like that of a renaissance – but the renaissance only comes after a period of Dark – hence from Darkness must come the light. [source]