posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 08:46 PM
A number of the things we’re discussing here are relatively new to the mainstream of discussion topics. Although the technologies being discussed
here have been under development/research for over 20 years, it’s only been in the last few that they’ve become popular on the discussion boards.
That, of course, is because some of these applications are only now becoming commercially feasable.
The results of research into AI, robotics, neuroscience, genetics, information storage/processing, brainwave translation, extended life/ageing
reversal, nanotechnology, and on, and on, and on... have finally reached the stage where certain practical implementations are beginning to surface.
Many companies are already utilizing AI capabilities in their software for marketing, customer relationship management and helpdesk/tech support
functions. Intelligent prosthetics under thought control are starting to hit the market, as well as a number of other wearable medical monitoring
devices. DARPA has been approved funding to produce an implantable chip to detect, interpret and act upon mental conditions determined via neural
signalling/electrical states. It’s advertised intent is to alleviate stressful situations brought on by mental disturbances such as chronic
depression, schizophrenia, mania, paranoia, etc. Obviously, if the DARPA chip will detect and act upon these mental states, then it can be modified to
act upon others, as well, and do much, much more.
So, it’s not like this stuff is unrealistic, and not to be taken seriously. It’s very real and will become much more sophisticated very quickly.
It will advance more quickly than the cell phone has. The AI revolution is just now getting underway from a practical standpoint, though it’s been
quietly under development for well over 30 years. It’s now beginning to hit it’s stride, though, and promises to be a game changer in the near
future (10-20 years). Many of the basic AI components of an intelligent system are now coming together, and it will not be long before a practical,
functioning model will be assembled. IBM’s Watson is no slouch, and Google’s Deep Learning technology is quite impressive, as well. You can expect
advances to pickup pace quite rapidly from here on out.
Volchitsa, you said, “Despite computers etc becoming a part of our daily lives, so many people reliant on the tech have no idea how any of
it actually works, and this is how companies get away with raping people's privacy.”
That’s a valid point, and important to recognize, Volchitsa. Technology is a double-edged sword. I can clearly envision a time in the not too
distant future (maybe 100 years or sooner) when mankind will no longer have the ability to control the technological monster it has created, and to a
great extent, with the exception of a handful of wireheads and quantum theorists, won’t even remotely understand it. The potential for sinister
exploitation of bleeding-edge technologies will be impossible to resist for many greedy, self-serving opportunists. At any rate, one thing you can
probably take to the bank is that technological growth will not be slowing down anytime soon, waiting for our wisdom to catch up with it and
responsibly control it. IMO if mankind makes it for even another century or 2 without annihilating ourselves it will be out of sheer dumb luck. It
just seems to me the writing is on the wall. I really hope I’m wrong. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Einstein said, "If I had known they were going
to do this, I would have become a shoemaker."
Gotta go... Have fun!