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    I’ve watched last week “ Transcendent Man” - the documentary about Ray Kurzweil, his life and ideas.
    For anyone who read the book “The singularity is near” or watched one of his lectures in the recent years there is not much new in the film.
    While I’ve got a lot to say about Ray Kurzweil and his work (maybe in another post) I would like to focus here on technological progress and the future of humanity.
    It is undeniable that technology is progressing fast, very fast actually and in many areas – genetics, robotics, information, nano technology and more.
    Artificial intelligence is one of these areas and soon (depends on which prediction you want to believe) we will start seeing early versions of AIs.

    There is however a different area all together where progress is definitely not happening and not much progress has been made for thousands of years and that is the human nature.
    Though many humans like to think of themselves as modern and progressed, the underlying emotional system and decision making processes are pretty much working on the same principals and in the same fashion as they have been for the last few thousand years.

    In my view there is a great danger here in several levels.
    The first and the obvious one is having advanced technology available in the hands of people that will abuse it and/or use it in destructive fashion.
    Yet the biggest danger that I foresee is that while you read these lines there are people all over the world creating machines and setting a future according to principal and views which in my eyes are not advanced and evolved enough.
    How can it be otherwise if the people who design it (and humanity at large) are still dominated by emotions, rivalries and not holding a coherent and promising view of future change to human nature?

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