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Future Imperative

What if technology were being developed that could enhance your mind or body to extraordinary or even superhuman levels -- and some of these tools were already here? Wouldn't you be curious?

Actually, some are here. But human enhancement is an incredibly broad and compartmentalized field. We’re often unaware of what’s right next door. This site reviews resources and ideas from across the field and makes it easy for readers to find exactly the information they're most interested in.

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The future is coming fast, and it's no longer possible to ignore how rapidly the world is changing. As the old order changes -- or more frequently crumbles altogether -- I offer a perspective on how we can transform ourselves in turn... for the better. Nothing on this site is intended as legal, financial or medical advice. Indeed, much of what I discuss amounts to possibilities rather than certainties, in an ever-changing present and an ever-uncertain future.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Feedback on... The Creeping Revolution or... Meet the New Boss, and Scrap the Old Boss... -- AI, Soc, $$$

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Noah Johnson offered the following comment on my "The Creeping Revolution or... Meet the New Boss, Scrap the Old Boss" article (a discussion of the impact of even limited AI on the economy and human employment):
If this technology is in fact coming, we should manage its arrival so we don't have a disconnect period when having a job is still necessary to human survival, but is no longer necessary for anything else.


Well, my reason for sharing this information is so that more people have a chance to educate themselves and become a part of the debate... before that debate is already over. There's a great deal going on in the world right now, both in terms of technology that can enhance humans and technology that can make most "ordinary humans" irrelevant -- and I think most people would like to know what's going on while they still have some say in their lives.

Many people such as Tom Friedman have written that globalization is going to challenge many people in this world who are complacent about their standing in the world and the way they live their lives. Friedman feels that the competition coming from people newly able to compete in China, India, the former Soviet Bloc and so forth is going to overwhelm the present global status quo. I would argue that automation, artificial intelligence and human augmentation technologies may be about to do the same thing, only more so.

How we all respond to these kinds of challenges -- and opportunities -- may take more research than just reading another boilerplate polemic or spouting off another bumper sticker slogan. Especially since the conventional sources of "conventional wisdom" haven't yet made up their minds on these subjects. (Most are still basically unaware of them.)

And hence, we're all left in the deadly position of having to think for ourselves.

Please, tread carefully. =)


Future Imperative

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