posted on Jan, 19 2014 @ 04:34 PM
Not long ago there was a thread here on ATS on the subject of whether society is heading in the direction of George Orwell’s “1984” vision. For
what it’s worth, I threw in my 2 cents. Since the topic here seems to be in a similar vein, and since I’m too lazy to reinvent the wheel, I’ll
simply include an excerpt here from a portion of my post to that thread.
The accelerating rate of technological development is something that has kinda concerned me a little for a long time now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m
not anti-technology at all. To the contrary, I’m very much an advocate for the advancement of the sciences and technology. Back in the Stone Age I
earned my B.S. in mathematics, and have since made a fairly decent living working in a variety of different disciplines within the computer industry.
My entire career has been intimately tied to advancements in technology. It’s not technology itself, though, that concerns me so much as it is
whether humanity will evolve quickly enough and have the wisdom to control the virtually limitless power it will bring. Many years ago I recognized
pretty much 3 areas of research and development that kinda raised a few red flags in my mind: robotics, genetics and information systems technology.
It always seemed to me that future joint ventures involving contributions from any combination of those 3 could potentially result in some pretty
scary outcomes. I can clearly envision a time in the not so distant future when mankind will no longer have the ability to control the power within
it’s grasp, 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 and downright evil intent will be far too much for our greedy, self-serving species to resist. It’ll be like an
overpowering aphrodisiac for every deranged, psychotic political leader we’ve elected to serve us. Anyway, one thing you can probably take to the
bank is that technological growth will not be slowing down anytime soon, waiting for us to catch up with it, but rather will continue to accelerate
for the forseeable future. IMO if mankind makes it for even another century or 2 without annihilating ourselves it will almost certainly be out of
sheer dumb luck. I truly hope I’m wrong.
I regret being so negative, but it just seems to me the writing is on the wall. I can’t help but read the signs as all pointing in a very clear and
certain direction, and it ain’t toward Disney World. In the end, it will be up to Humanity which road we take. I just wish I had a little more faith
in our collective judgement. What a shame it would be if we choose to turn our world into a living hell, when we could just as easily have created a
world of magic. What a dirty, rotten shame it would be...