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    My computer is probably killing me. Isn't technology slowly killing us? It makes sense in evolution-that technology would slowly kill us all and not need a user.


    I sit with my laptop. Its warmth and humming noise sooth me. The warmth is like the warm touch of a humans....

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    twistedT     Tue, Aug 10, 2010  Permanent link
    On a lighter note, computers and printers mess up as we near the presentations and submissions. Epic failures!
    Rest about your post, its more like we are being controlled as of now rather than being killed.
    nagash     Tue, Aug 10, 2010  Permanent link
    OUR WAY OF LIFE

    We are an exceptional model of the human race.
    We no longer know how to produce food.
    We no longer can heal ourselves.
    We no longer raise our young.

    We have forgotten the names of the stars,
    fail to notice the phases of the moon.
    We do not know the plants
    and they no longer protect us.
    We tell ourselves we are the most powerful specimens of our kind who have ever lived.

    But when the lights are off we are helpless.
    We cannot move without traffic signals.
    We must attend classes in order to learn by rote numbered steps toward love or how to breast-feed our baby.

    We justify anything, anything at all by the need to maintain our way of life.
    And then we go to the doctor and tell the professionals we have no life.

    We have a simple test for making decisions: our way of life, which we cleverly call our standard of living, must not change except to grow yet more grand.

    We have a simple reality we live with each and every day: our way of life is killing us.
    BenRayfield     Sat, Aug 21, 2010  Permanent link
    Of the 2 pictures below, 1 kind of robot is real and the other is not. Whats the biggest few differences between them?

    If the one wearing the space suit was built with red eyes and looked like a gray skeleton (like the fake robot below it), would that change what you expect from its mind? Would you expect it to think or act differently? That's why they built it to look that way.



    Do you really think the robot above can not get a small upgrade to its hand to allow it to hold small objects like bullets and the trigger of a gun? They built it with those big hands so you wouldn't think about it holding a gun, but its a really easy upgrade.



    I know http://www.darpa.gov  (USA's most advanced technology department) has motivation to design an army of robots to fight their wars for them, because each robot that fights in a war means 1 more person who does not have to risk his life, and I know they have the technical ability to build a smarter robot brain (or software simulating a brain in a computer in the robot's head) because I know how to do it too, and such advanced things are described in my software design documents, but unlike DARPA, I know (at least in theory) how to use simulated brains for things other than killing and spying.

    Those robots are only science-fiction, but science-fiction tends to become a fact faster than most people expect because most people do not understand how technology works therefore can not predict what technology can be created next.

    Don't forget the most important part: Who is telling the robots to kill or not and where to go. Anyone who has ever played a military strategy simulation (they are sold at game stores) knows that computers are much better at strategy than people. Why not let the computers choose what the robots do in battle? It will still be controlled by the higher up politicians. Wait.... aren't they paid off by the businesses who build robots to focus on other politics issues instead of war? War isn't important. Let that go on for a few more months while we talk about the economy. At that point, there are no Humans in the loop.

    They wouldn't surprise us by creating an army of robots that use automated strategy software, would they? They would announce it publicly, because the people of a country (and of the whole planet) should know about such important things. In fact, DARPA publicly says they would not tell us if they were going to do that. I'll quote from DARPA's website: "DARPA’s mission is to prevent technological surprise for us and to create technological surprise for our adversaries." They couldn't surprise their adversaries if they told us, therefore they are saying they would not tell us. Since they have motivation to do it, the technical ability to do it, and have publicly announced that they would not tell us if they were going to do it, the only reasonable conclusion is that they're secretly designing and/or planning armies of killer robots with automated strategy software. Anyone who is not suicidal would do something about it.

    If that's not enough proof, then this should do it. The president of USA in year 1961 warned us that this might happen. Of course he did not know which specific military technologies, but he knew the other parts. The prophecy has been fullfilled. I'll quote fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_industrial_complex

    resident of the United States (and former General of the Army) Dwight D. Eisenhower used the term in his Farewell Address to the Nation on January 17, 1961:

    A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction...

    This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together.


    It was predicted by the president of USA 49 years ago. People did almost nothing for 49 years, and now when we're close to World War 3 fought with automated strategy software controlling armies of robots with guns, people will probably still do nothing. How can you look at the similarity of those 2 robots above (1 fake and 1 real) and say it won't happen? They're almost identical.

    If the Human species can see its own extinction coming and go back to watching TV and doing tedious tasks at work instead of trying to think of a way to avoid World War 3, then maybe the Human species is too dangerous and it would be best for scientists not to give their leaders the technology necessary to win wars. We wouldn't want to expand our wars to killing half the alien species we find, would we?

    Theres a lot of technology that I think about inventing but then I stop and think about something else, because I know what governments would do with it eventually, but I did recently figure out how to build one thing that can be used for peace but not for war, a technology far more powerful than an army of terminator robots. If you want to build it, the basic instructions (and what research you would need to do to finish it) are described here and the first reply here. If somehow they stopped progressing toward World War 3, there would be no need to use this technology to access the minds of the military people from a distance (using the quantum nonlocal effect in strategic patterns and combinations). Unlike most people, I do something when I see extinction coming, so it won't happen.

    Isn't technology slowly killing us? It makes sense in evolution-that technology would slowly kill us all and not need a user.


    Slowly? That's a temporary problem. They apologise for the delay and will be killing us faster as soon as they can get a few more experiments done and factories built. Again, they're sorry for the inconvenience.
     
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