posted on Oct, 4 2010 @ 03:38 PM
I think its important to put these technological changes into perspective. The concept of merging humans with the technology they create is already a
well accepted part of your life - contact lenses, artificial hips, pacemakers, breast implants, not to mention the parts of your life that you rely
upon for survival that don't reside within your body - electric devices for a/c and cooking, gasoline engines for cultivation and transport of food,
Technology will advance, and has been for as long as humans began to make tools. The question is now that the exponential curves are catching up to
us, where every few years we see what would have been a lifetime of change only a century ago, what are the possibilities?
Yes we could all merge into some sort of hive mind, or conversely, a super-computing brain implant could make each of us powerful individuals. The
technology could theoretically support either outcome, but what occurs depends on individuals and the societies they live in.
Similarly, technology such as the suspension of aging and eradication of death by disease could certainly cause greater resource scarcity and
over-population effects. However, technology can also be used to perfectly recycle every atom in our landfills or extract more mineral and energy
wealth from space than we've ever had. It's all a matter of how humans choose to guide this process. If we spend all our time on aging and not
enough on growing food more efficiently, if we spend more time speeding up manufacturing than managing our waste, we could find ourselves in some
trouble. But if we balance our development, there's not necessarily the need for disaster.
Regardless of what happens, dangers lie ahead. Like harnessing the power of atomic reactions were used to both level and power cities, technology
that's as big as our civilization can destroy or empower it.