Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Digital divide



While taking a stroll through the city today I ran across this poster at the bus stop. Instantly, I knew I would go home and blog about it. I found the reference to humans especially ominous, considering that just a couple of days ago I blogged of how we need to define what it means to be human. The thought of polarizing the human species is not a new concept. It has been explored in science fiction movies, pop culture, and by politicians. With the vastness of the universe you would think that the human race is not alone, yet to this day that has not been the case. Sometimes I believe that man's desire to create Ai is nothing more than an emotional need to not be alone in the universe, so subconsciously we create the us vs them polarization.



So have we seen then end of this? I strongly doubt it, yet it's this division that concerns me, the thought of the human species splitting in two makes us more vulnerable to anything. Whats that old saying? Ahh yes, divide and conquer. This is not about us or them its about being one, its about all of us sharing the same resources and sharing the same planet. So any extreme action on either side should not be tolerated.



With that said, when, or if machines ever become conscious, or should I say intelligent enough to simulate consciousness, we must not embrace the "us vs them" mentality, for by doing so we will fall into the very real trap of us vs them. The concept of a global war over the creation of super Ai presented by Hugo must never be realized! We must never let ourselves wage war on humanity. This notion is downright short of a species gone schizoid.


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The Digital divide



While taking a stroll through the city today I ran across this poster at the bus stop. Instantly, I knew I would go home and blog about it. I found the reference to humans especially ominous, considering that just a couple of days ago I blogged of how we need to define what it means to be human. The thought of polarizing the human species is not a new concept. It has been explored in science fiction movies, pop culture, and by politicians. With the vastness of the universe you would think that the human race is not alone, yet to this day that has not been the case. Sometimes I believe that man's desire to create Ai is nothing more than an emotional need to not be alone in the universe, so subconsciously we create the us vs them polarization.



So have we seen then end of this? I strongly doubt it, yet it's this division that concerns me, the thought of the human species splitting in two makes us more vulnerable to anything. Whats that old saying? Ahh yes, divide and conquer. This is not about us or them its about being one, its about all of us sharing the same resources and sharing the same planet. So any extreme action on either side should not be tolerated.



With that said, when, or if machines ever become conscious, or should I say intelligent enough to simulate consciousness, we must not embrace the "us vs them" mentality, for by doing so we will fall into the very real trap of us vs them. The concept of a global war over the creation of super Ai presented by Hugo must never be realized! We must never let ourselves wage war on humanity. This notion is downright short of a species gone schizoid.


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The Digital divide



While taking a stroll through the city today I ran across this poster at the bus stop. Instantly, I knew I would go home and blog about it. I found the reference to humans especially ominous, considering that just a couple of days ago I blogged of how we need to define what it means to be human. The thought of polarizing the human species is not a new concept. It has been explored in science fiction movies, pop culture, and by politicians. With the vastness of the universe you would think that the human race is not alone, yet to this day that has not been the case. Sometimes I believe that man's desire to create Ai is nothing more than an emotional need to not be alone in the universe, so subconsciously we create the us vs them polarization.



So have we seen then end of this? I strongly doubt it, yet it's this division that concerns me, the thought of the human species splitting in two makes us more vulnerable to anything. Whats that old saying? Ahh yes, divide and conquer. This is not about us or them its about being one, its about all of us sharing the same resources and sharing the same planet. So any extreme action on either side should not be tolerated.



With that said, when, or if machines ever become conscious, or should I say intelligent enough to simulate consciousness, we must not embrace the "us vs them" mentality, for by doing so we will fall into the very real trap of us vs them. The concept of a global war over the creation of super Ai presented by Hugo must never be realized! We must never let ourselves wage war on humanity. This notion is downright short of a species gone schizoid.


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Transhumanist Controlled Opposition

By:  Aaron Franz
transalchemy.com

Someone recently asked me whether I think Ray Kurzweil is right or wrong. The problem in answering such a question is the common assumption that there is a dialectically correct answer. There is not.



In my opinion, Ray Kurzweil is both right and wrong in what he says. He is right in assuming that the Singularity could happen far sooner than we think. He is wrong in assuming that the human race will benefit from the Singularity. I realize that even this answer lacks depth, because Kurzweil has said that the future will not be utopian or dystopian, but rather something in between. My real problem with him is that his work is aimed at making us believe that this is all inevitable, that technology is a juggernaut which cannot be stopped. We are supposed to believe that progress, both good and bad, is inevitable. There is a huge problem that is not given any attention, and that is the very definition of progress. Who defines what progress is, and where it goes? Again, we are expected to make the assumption that progress is a collective democratic process in which we all play a part. This is the reason that so many transhumanists speak of global governance, and universal democracy.

OK, since we live in a democracy, and we all have a say in the future of the human race, then let's put this concept to the test. If you so much as even question transhuman concepts you will be attacked vehemently by an army of intellectual bullies. They will proceed to call you a luddite, and chastise you for attempting to stop technology which will presumably make the world a much better place. This assumption must be challenged. All of the official transhumanist groups put up a front of technoprogressive tolerance which is in reality a veil for controlled opposition. They are an attempt to control both sides of the debate. This is how democracy really works.  




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTahZE4q90U


The hard questions need to be asked. It doesn't work to leave it up to the experts to ask these questions. It isn't in their interest to do so. We all have to become involved in the future of humanity. That means you! Start taking these issues seriously, and don't buy into the transhumanist sales pitch. Think for yourself, because if you don't someone else gladly will. Ray Kurzweil and friends are doing a job. They are public relations/ marketers of converging technologies. These technologies are not inherently good, but they are being sold as if they are.  When ethical issues are brought up, they are quickly dismissed or glossed over.  The real ethical questions don't receive adequate attention.  

You can sell rat poison as baby food if the marketing is correct. We would all do well to understand what kind of garbage has been sold to us already.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7hh4jYvSKg


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Transhumanist Controlled Opposition

By:  Aaron Franz
transalchemy.com

Someone recently asked me whether I think Ray Kurzweil is right or wrong. The problem in answering such a question is the common assumption that there is a dialectically correct answer. There is not.



In my opinion, Ray Kurzweil is both right and wrong in what he says. He is right in assuming that the Singularity could happen far sooner than we think. He is wrong in assuming that the human race will benefit from the Singularity. I realize that even this answer lacks depth, because Kurzweil has said that the future will not be utopian or dystopian, but rather something in between. My real problem with him is that his work is aimed at making us believe that this is all inevitable, that technology is a juggernaut which cannot be stopped. We are supposed to believe that progress, both good and bad, is inevitable. There is a huge problem that is not given any attention, and that is the very definition of progress. Who defines what progress is, and where it goes? Again, we are expected to make the assumption that progress is a collective democratic process in which we all play a part. This is the reason that so many transhumanists speak of global governance, and universal democracy.

OK, since we live in a democracy, and we all have a say in the future of the human race, then let's put this concept to the test. If you so much as even question transhuman concepts you will be attacked vehemently by an army of intellectual bullies. They will proceed to call you a luddite, and chastise you for attempting to stop technology which will presumably make the world a much better place. This assumption must be challenged. All of the official transhumanist groups put up a front of technoprogressive tolerance which is in reality a veil for controlled opposition. They are an attempt to control both sides of the debate. This is how democracy really works.  




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTahZE4q90U


The hard questions need to be asked. It doesn't work to leave it up to the experts to ask these questions. It isn't in their interest to do so. We all have to become involved in the future of humanity. That means you! Start taking these issues seriously, and don't buy into the transhumanist sales pitch. Think for yourself, because if you don't someone else gladly will. Ray Kurzweil and friends are doing a job. They are public relations/ marketers of converging technologies. These technologies are not inherently good, but they are being sold as if they are.  When ethical issues are brought up, they are quickly dismissed or glossed over.  The real ethical questions don't receive adequate attention.  

You can sell rat poison as baby food if the marketing is correct. We would all do well to understand what kind of garbage has been sold to us already.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7hh4jYvSKg


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Transhumanist Controlled Opposition

By:  Aaron Franz
transalchemy.com

Someone recently asked me whether I think Ray Kurzweil is right or wrong. The problem in answering such a question is the common assumption that there is a dialectically correct answer. There is not.



In my opinion, Ray Kurzweil is both right and wrong in what he says. He is right in assuming that the Singularity could happen far sooner than we think. He is wrong in assuming that the human race will benefit from the Singularity. I realize that even this answer lacks depth, because Kurzweil has said that the future will not be utopian or dystopian, but rather something in between. My real problem with him is that his work is aimed at making us believe that this is all inevitable, that technology is a juggernaut which cannot be stopped. We are supposed to believe that progress, both good and bad, is inevitable. There is a huge problem that is not given any attention, and that is the very definition of progress. Who defines what progress is, and where it goes? Again, we are expected to make the assumption that progress is a collective democratic process in which we all play a part. This is the reason that so many transhumanists speak of global governance, and universal democracy.

OK, since we live in a democracy, and we all have a say in the future of the human race, then let's put this concept to the test. If you so much as even question transhuman concepts you will be attacked vehemently by an army of intellectual bullies. They will proceed to call you a luddite, and chastise you for attempting to stop technology which will presumably make the world a much better place. This assumption must be challenged. All of the official transhumanist groups put up a front of technoprogressive tolerance which is in reality a veil for controlled opposition. They are an attempt to control both sides of the debate. This is how democracy really works.  




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTahZE4q90U


The hard questions need to be asked. It doesn't work to leave it up to the experts to ask these questions. It isn't in their interest to do so. We all have to become involved in the future of humanity. That means you! Start taking these issues seriously, and don't buy into the transhumanist sales pitch. Think for yourself, because if you don't someone else gladly will. Ray Kurzweil and friends are doing a job. They are public relations/ marketers of converging technologies. These technologies are not inherently good, but they are being sold as if they are.  When ethical issues are brought up, they are quickly dismissed or glossed over.  The real ethical questions don't receive adequate attention.  

You can sell rat poison as baby food if the marketing is correct. We would all do well to understand what kind of garbage has been sold to us already.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7hh4jYvSKg


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My Riddles

Dear Antz Particleion Is Hacking your Universe (live)

I will give your universe/Mind back to you if you answer my riddles.

Call your answers in!

(305) 735-9490

A) Is your universe real?

B) Are you real?

C) Who currently has {source}?

D) What is {Root}?

When you got the answer email it to

Key.universe@gmail.com

and I will give you back your universe assuming your right ;-)

Rules subject to change but will be posted.

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! It will be Billions of years till I let you just have it... Till then I urge you try to get your key back.