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Is the fact that our Technology advancing every day scaring anybody?

Explain why it is scaring you and why you hope for the future.

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      Jul 24 2013: I completely agree with this - the thought of abuse is terrifying...I tend to only, and probably only allow myself, to think of the positivity involved with technology. In this sense, imagine the Creator would not have allowed such a physical representation, like ourselves but for our own use of info from past and quick data recollection, unless it were to be an integral part of our being and becoming.

      I am certainly against the fighting in any way by use of technology, and you can compare this to how defective I think fighting is in general when used by indecent minds. What about against indecency? I don't want to make this deicsion dammit.
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      Jul 25 2013: I agree that complete recording and controll, especially when the word abuse enters the playboard, is disconcerting. It is not immediately or directly teriffying to me personally at this point in time, but people trapped in warzones have every right to be of a different opinion, if we ever get to hear it.

      However, I do find comfort in certain things. Nikola Tesla, on of the world's forgotten visionaries and inventors, allegedly invented a deathray that could achieve what you're mentioning. He destroyed the invention. As humanity advances and develops it also becomes more ethical and humane, certain decisions that were made in the past, decisions that led to death, destruction and suffering would be unimaginable now. There are other decisions that can be made as times have changed and this is scary, yes.

      Back to the comforting bits, maybe. Here's a link I've just stumbled upon:


      ... what is in the article may be hardly comforting, especially the worst-case scenario, but maybe, if everything goes well, the result may be this:

      (I go 'aaww' everytime I see it... Giant robot befriends little girl)

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    Jul 24 2013: Anticipation and reservation should both be present in a rational response to this question. Of course, it has it's upsides, there are so many promising possibilities and how wonderful it is to be living on Earth when things are really starting to take off. But the ever-increasing speed at which it is doing so is unlike anything the human race has dealt with before, it's unlike anything the Earth has dealt with before, and there isn't much in the way of brakes.

    You get in your car, you start down the road, you never use the brakes and you only press down on the gas more and more and we all know that a crash is inevitable.

    How bad will it be? Will it be totaled? Or might we have a close enough call to make us pull over and think about things. Maybe we'll run out of gas, or oil, or water, or something else we need? Buckle up, folks, this isn't a roller coaster and some of you are in for a rougher ride than you ever expected.
  • Jul 24 2013: I have been in the industry of creating technology for many years and I guess I expect new things every day and I love it but be aware technology makes some people's lives better and puts a lot people out of work,even knowledge workers.

    I think most people are scared of change and like me lazy so they hate and fear new technology
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    Jul 23 2013: Advancing technology helps all humanity. It increases our lifespans and lifestyles, and decreases poverty and inequality. I welcome the future of technology with open arms.

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    Jul 23 2013: me not
  • Jul 23 2013: Nope. I look for applications to use it and ways to use new technology wit old to create hybrid solutions.
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      Jul 24 2013: All in all, if we are in fear of technology, the answer would be to pray. Love conquers all, so, remain diligent and progress forwardly not only in studying what you acknowledge as intelligent and morally correct, but in reacting to incorrect situations with intelligent opposition.

      Possitivity, if you have it in you, is so important, don't forget that. Create hybrid ways to remind us of that.
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      Jul 24 2013: Robert, are you saying you have no fears of advancements taking place at a speed unlike anything known in the history of our species, rushing into frontiers that mere years ago were beyond imagination and all of this happening without consequences? There is no worry you might have about weaponized nanotechnology, pocket-size nuclear devices, or who know's what else? And that mankind is mature enough to handle all this?
      • Jul 24 2013: Nope.
        "Is mankind mature enough to handle all this?" Maybe.

        Whether he is, or is not, I will not live in fear of the potential for disaster. I lived through some of that paranoia in the 60's and 70's with the Nuclear arms race and so far man has been able to handle the existence of these items. I will do what I can to promote rational thought and live with the decisions made by my elected leaders, and all the consequences. I have to trust their judgement, otherwise I live in fear my entire life.
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          Jul 24 2013: Soooo....your still copacetic with the potential looming for one or more of the following....

          "Severe forms of known or recorded disasters:
          -Nuclear or biological warfare; see World War III.
          -Pandemic involving an antibiotic-resistant bacterium, antifungal-resistant fungus, prion, or antiviral-resistant virus. Past examples include the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918 and the 2009 flu pandemic.

          Environmental collapses:
          -Dramatic temperature fluctuations or changes, such as catastrophic global warming
          -Occurrence of a large-scale volcanism,possibly a supervolcano (250 million years ago, after the Permian–Triassic extinction event life on land took 30 million years to recover).

          Long-term habitat threats:
          -In about 1 billion years, the Earth's oceans will disappear, due to the Sun brightening. However, well before this, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will be too low to support plant life, destroying the foundation of the food chains. See Future of the Earth.
          -In 5 billion years hence the Sun's stellar evolution will reach the red giant stage, in which it will expand and possibly engulf Earth. But before this happens it will already have changed Earth's climate and its radiated spectrum may alter in ways Earth-bound humans could not survive.

          Population decline:
          -Preference for fewer children; if developed world demographics are extrapolated they mathematically lead to 'soft' extinction before 3000 CE. (John A. Leslie estimates that if the reproduction rate drops to the German level the extinction date will be 2400.
          -A World government with a eugenic or small population policy could send humanity into 'voluntary' extinction.
          -Political intervention in reproduction has failed to raise the birth rate above the replacement level in the rich world, but has dramatically succeeded in lowering
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          Jul 24 2013: Scientific accidents:
          -In his book Our Final Hour, Sir Martin Rees claims that without the appropriate regulation, scientific advancement increases the risk of human extinction as a result of the effects or use of new technology. Some examples are provided below.
          -Uncontrolled nanotechnology (grey goo) incidents resulting in the destruction of the Earth's ecosystem (ecophagy).
          -Creation of a "micro black hole" on Earth during the course of a scientific experiment, or other foreseeable scientific accidents in high-energy physics research, such as vacuum phase transition or strangelet incidents.
          -There were worries concerning the Large Hadron Collider at CERN as it is feared that collision of protons at a speed near the speed of light will result in the creation of a black hole, but it has been pointed out that much more energetic collisions take place currently in Earth's atmosphere.

          Scenarios of extraterrestrial origin:
          -Major impact events.
          -If a rogue black hole passed near the Sun, it could disrupt Earth's orbit. (See "A Pail of Air".)
          -Gamma-ray burst in our part of the Milky Way. (Bursts observable in other galaxies are calculated to act as a "sterilizer", and have been used by some astronomers to explain the Fermi paradox.) The lack of fossil record interruptions, and relative distance of the nearest Hypernova candidate make this a long term (rather than imminent) threat.
          -Wolf-Rayet star WR 104, which is 8000 light years from the Sun, may produce a gamma ray burst aimed at the Sun when it goes supernova.
          -Invasion by militarily superior extraterrestrials (see alien invasion) — often considered to be a scenario purely from the realms of science fiction, professional SETI researchers have given serious consideration to this possibility, but conclude that it is unlikely.
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          Jul 24 2013: -Gerard O'Neill has cautioned that first contact with alien intelligence may follow the precedent set by historical examples of contact between human civilizations, where the less technologically-advanced civilization has inevitably succumbed to the other civilization, regardless of its intentions.
          -A vacuum phase transition could destroy the universe.
          -Biological contamination upon contact with extraterrestrial life.

          -Replacement of humans by artificial intelligence.
          -Commentators such as Hans Moravec argue that humanity will eventually be supplanted and replaced by artificial intelligence or other forms of artificial life
          -Modification of humans into a new species
          -Technological transition into a posthuman life-form or existence.
          -Commentators such as Kevin Warwick point to the possibility of humans evolving by linking with technology;while others have argued that humanity will inevitably experience a technological singularity, and furthermore that this outcome is desirable (see singularitarianism).
          -Natural Evolution of humanity into another hominid species. Humans will continue to evolve via traditional natural selection over a period of millions of years, and homo sapiens may gradually transition into one or more new species.
          -Evolution of another species that out-competes humans for food, habitat or hunts as prey."

          Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_extinction
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          Jul 24 2013: Because if so I totally see your point. It's overwhelming, so why bother? Fear would be useless in dealing with a lot these things and next to all this there seems nothing more dangerous with advancing technology than the fact it might get a speeding ticket. Still, I think there are such things as healthy fears. Fear to a degree is necessary for survival, but beyond a point it is crippling. Unlike phasers, we're all set to stun and be stunned at different levels than the next person.
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    Aug 23 2013: .

    We are going to be wiped out by technology
    if we do not quit invalid (harmful) happiness.
  • Jul 25 2013: @Daniel

    You have complied quite a list of natural disasters and potential man made disasters. Most are pretty extreme and unlikely, at least in my natural lifetime. Although i am not religious, one of the things I try and use to prevent such concerns from ruining my enjoyment of life is a portion of the serenity prayer:

    ...grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

    Relative to the things yo brought up, I am actually more concerned with self-inflicted blights caused by men that are less dramatic, but equally cataclysmic, such as economic collapses (caused mostly by greed), and the ability of our country to compete in the design and manufacture of items in the high technology areas.

    I know that technology can be used for good or bad purposes. I trust the scientific community to protect the general population with appropriate controls and safeguards, but I am sure there will be accidents, errors, and corruption over the course of time. Here, I have a bit of faith in the eventual triumph of good over evil. The scientific community needs to include investigation of by-products, potential risks, life cycle costs and potential misuse of technologies they develop. Protection of people is part of scientific and engineering ethics.

    I agree that fear can be crippling. I would hate to think that this fear prevented further study in areas that might lead to discoveries that could help the general population or perhaps avert one of the catastrophes you have identified. A healthy fear of poisonous snakes, mine fields, or fire is probably good, as you say, perhaps a survival instinct. A fear of the unknown may not be healthy and may be limiting. I am betting on science and technology to methodically reduce our collective fear of the unknown with research.
    • Jul 25 2013: I totally hear you on the serenity prayer... is there an actual code of ethics or an oath that scientists make when fully fledged?
      • Jul 25 2013: Yes, but they vary by discipline and are kind of left to professional honor or affiliaion with a professional organization. Here are a couple:

        Engineering: (Just the preamble, more on site provided)

        Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct. (http://www.nspe.org/Ethics/CodeofEthics/index.html)

        Medicine : Hippocratic Oath (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath)

        Science: Hippocratic Oath for scientists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocratic_Oath_for_Scientists)
        • Jul 25 2013: Thats right, i remember reading about the hippocratic oath when nvestigating the golden rulewhich actually derives from hippocrates as well if im not mistaken.
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    Jul 24 2013: The 20th century was the most extraordinarily violent, conflict-plagued century in human history, largely due to advancements in technology. Some of time came from simpler technological improvements like the AK-47, the deadliest weapon of the 1900's. Some of it came from complex technological innovations, like both hydrogen and atomic bombs. With the exception of the Spanish Influenza in between 1910-1920, which wiped out millions upon millions of people in a few short years, everything else that had killing power was dependent on the latest technology to a high degree.

    Now there's a lot about technology that I look forward. But take a moment and ask yourself, do I really think there are not some very difficult times ahead of us and that many people will likely die as a direct result of technology being used?
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      Jul 24 2013: You conveniently forget that the 20th century also saw the eradication of Smallpox and the development of vaccines for Polio, Cholera, and the flu. Ebola cases are down over 80% just in the last 40 years. Child mortality rates plummeted during the 20th century, as did cancer mortality rates.

      Based on that alone I submit to you that technology has saved more lives than it's taken. Some folks see only the bad.
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        Jul 24 2013: I'm most certainly not forgetting any of that. In fact, you're proving me point by bringing it up! All this technology should be scary, because even though it will bring all these wonderful things it also brought all these terrible things. So how could anyone not be scared? Imagine its a century ago and we're both standing on a street corner. Someone from TED Universe appears besides us and says to us: "One of you will be saved from polio. One of you will die in a war." Will you feel scared?

        And you need to show me an actual valid statistic that technology has saved more lives than it's taken. So I reject what you "submit." Give me a number, not a hope. Until then, as the Dude said, "That's just, like, your opinion, man."
  • Jul 24 2013: I am more fearful of possible secret technology. What is out there that we do not know about.
    Nanotech could be all around us, it could be in our food, drink, the air that we breath. That is my fear.
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    Jul 23 2013: MACHINES and PEOPLE

    10 machines get better
    20 machines get better as one
    30 people go around
    40 and around
    50 goto 10