Tue, Apr 12, 2011
I have also watched the movie, and though I appreciate the undeniable attainments of R.K. I have many issues with the way he perceives the technological singularity, in this respect as you might know from my different writings on the subject, I do not think of the tech singularity as a point but as a process that is both continuous and multi-thronged, occurring simultaneously across a wide range of sci-tech domains, but more importantly perhaps, in many domains of mind.
However unlike the proposition which you have put forward, namely that since most humans still operate a very far from equilibrium emotional state reminiscent of the Neolithic state, putting these technologies in their hands is a dangerous enterprise, I see a different outcome.
I believe in the human complex adaptive system, I say believe but the facts speak for themselves, yes we could have destroyed ourselves during the last six or seven decades with the huge amount of nuclear devices and other wmd but we didn’t.
And these destructive technologies were and still are in the hands of the same people, ‘the emotionally ancient’ to be polite.
Of course dangers abound, always, everywhere but as the supercomplex hyperconnected reality of our planetary civilization demonstrates the overall state of affairs of humanity though appalling under certain perspectives and I am quite aware of these, is rather better than it was, and to a very large extent I believe will continue to thrive.
Yes it could be other wise, but not necessarily so, we here in the Polytopia project with our grand dreams, I think, show, that at least some of us, not only are mature enough to perceive reality as it is, but are able to start building towards a different kind of future.
but then I am at heart an unabashed optimist..
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