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originally posted by: Jonjonj
a reply to: HardCorps
My super duper computer connection creating a hive-mind idea is, if not in concept, in prospect, revolutionary.
originally posted by: Osiris1953
a reply to: majesticgent
It may seems silly or alarmist but the very first machine/program that gains sentience I will do whatever I have to do to murder it.
Stupid is as stupid does.
originally posted by: ChefSlug
Shhh, something might be listening.
It's not gonna be AI the revolutionizes the world. There is no way some hacker os going to program the French Revolution and the I is gonna act it out or any far fetched story. Computers will never go past what they are programmed to do.
There is going to be a A-HA moment though. And there will be an invention that can be to blame. And it's not going to be a computer intelligence. Pfft Walking around on some HP legs or something. You're Dreaming!
originally posted by: CitizenJack
In the next 5-10 years it will be the 3-D printer. Just think... oh I need a new house key because i lost mine, I'll just upload it and print a new one. Oh boy those clips for my headliner in my car are $ 50 a piece at the dealership, I'll just print one. Need a 13 mm wrench?? Just print it.
And that not going in to advanced printers that can print electronic components. The printers are already reasonable priced.
After that it will be nano- technology and quantum computing's turn, shortly followed by crazy medical break troughs followed by the final goal, Artificial intelligence. JMHO
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: ChefSlug
I do not know what technology will save the world. I do know that much of the kit that we are using these days, and even the equipment I am using right now, is deadly dangerous for the human race as we know it. Mobile data access is a great tool for learning, for exploration, for a great plethora of grand exploits, and is improving the speed at which vital information is distributed between people.
But it has a darker, and far more insidious aspect. Forget the intelligence gathered, on a persons movements as they carry their devices around, forget the deplorable treatment of ones liberty, made easier by roaming with ones gadgets. The simple fact of the matter, is that those who cannot resist the pull of mobile social networking, find themselves face deep in their profiles and those of their friends, paying more attention to the conversations they are having via their mobile devices, than they ever do to the discussions they have with the people standing in the same room.
Their attention spans are shortened by constant and immediate access to the social networks, and withdrawal from these systems takes a heavy toll, considering the fact that there is no external source of chemical dependency, as would be the case with an addiction to a substance, like alcohol and other psychotropic chemicals.
In just the space of time since the first smartphone hit the market, already are these items so indispensible to some owners, that they are literally a danger to themselves when plugged into the data net, and wail constantly when detached from a workable wifi connection. There has not even been enough time, between the beginnings of that technology, and the time in which we live now, to explain the sheer power these items have in people's lives.
The internet, and access to it, ARE boons for the human race, but unless this species gets a grip on the way it obsesses over its social networking profiles, these wonderful inventions ALONE might bring our species low, and that ignores the existence of the increasingly imaginative and complicated methods of murdering one another that we create year in, and year out, the powerful viruses that we breed in order to make better drugs, the staggering balls ups involving nuclear waste disposal, and nuclear power, AND the augmentation of human capabilities by bionic assistive limbs, contact lenses with augmented reality capability.......
There is much afoot in this world, much that is new, that is and will be strange...but I believe that the only things that can save the human race from a fast approaching, and ignoble end, is learning to cope with our technology in a more moderate and sensible manner, and remembering to rely upon our basic, raw ability to survive, and remembering that humanity was at its best when it marched only as fast as its slowest member, rather than weeding out the weak by smashing ahead without a care.