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The reality though is that it is becoming increasingly harder to function in society without giving in.
originally posted by: Edumakated
The thing I find interesting is that we willingly trade freedom for security and convenience. I mean everyone has a 24 hour tracking and monitoring device called a cellphone. We willingly put listening devices and cameras in our homes.
I'm convinced the natural state of man is living under tyranny because we so l willingly ask for it.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —
originally posted by: thov420
I believe if Orwell thought his 1948 novel would come to fruition like it has, he would have destroyed all copies. He not only saw where things might go with tech, he openly advocated against it. I believe he would have been shocked to realize tech would actually progress the way it did into his worst nightmare, or he was way ahead of his time and would have ended it himself.
Asimov was also pretty progressive with his Foundation series. I've felt he wouldn't be happy with the way humanity has "progressed" lately with AI. It can (and might)certainly become our downfall. That said, humans are very clever and our tech is only going to get better until the line between AI and consciousness becomes a blur.
originally posted by: gladtobehere
Anyone know what happened to that thing called the 4th Amendment?
originally posted by: danbuter
There's a strong mix of Huxley's Brave New World added in. People self-propagandize themselves happily, just to be "involved" in something big.