Thursday, January 22, 2009
When concerning one’s self with the future and the various possible outcomes of technology you open doors to questions that can not possibly be answered; such is the nature of the idea of future. This world would be a totally different place if people could peer into the future. What do you think Shelly would think about the present? What would she think of the modern weapons of war: tanks, war ships, jet planes, the atom bomb, are these the monsters she envisioned? Surely some people have greater insight than others but the future will always hold unforeseen outcomes, though the question begs to be raised; how much impact do people like Shelly and Joy who raise conjectures towards the unknown have on the passage of time. In other words would people have developed Shelley’s “monsters” is she hadn’t have opened the door to that path in the minds of the population? People, the complacent masses, are highly influential. Shelley simply planted the seed, an idea of industrial dangers, which grew ultimately into World War. On the other hand, these people are no more than intellects and authors, but, being famous, they have significant power to shape the ideas of popular culture. Although, personally, I like to gain my insight into a subject by experts in that field, and neither Shelley nor Joy have any real experience in the various subjects and disciplines they discuss. Paranoia is a product of fear which is a product of ignorance. Given Joy’s significant insight into the future world of computer programming and his contribution to date, I find it difficult to take his paranoia seriously. I hardly think Joy is ignorant in his field, but his overtly dystopian outlook towards the future points more to personal despair and depression and less to logical and coherent predictions. He, if any, should be aware of the massive and daunting infrastructure overhauls that would be necessary for any “intelligent” computer systems to be integrated into society and the shear amount of time that would be involved would act as a failsafe, unless we are, in fact, mere units of production in a system working towards a singular end; being efficient productivity. I personally refuse to believe that in all of the complex bureaucracy of our government, not to mention all of the other systems of society including religious and educational institutions as well as those of foreign states, not a single person is working toward the advancement of humanity and is apposed to the system whose legitimacy and value is determined by profit margins. The amount of time and subsequent tests in the network would act to evolve the integration as we learn more about the high technology around us we, by our nature, will influence that evolution. Additionally with knowledge comes change, and the knowledge garnered from supercomputer research would pressure the evolution of humanity as well as the evolution of technology. As with the natural world, mother nature, we act as evolutionary pressures on each other, introducing an “artificial” pressure would not act any differently. Humanity has influenced the development of the internet just as the internet has shaped many of our childhoods. I’d like to think the countless hours of data farming, rather harvesting, has made someone’s life a little better, whether it be the album or program anyone of you may have downloaded from me, because I know everyone here enjoys harvesting data like I do. Conversely I’d like to thank you for you may have been the seeder I was looking forJ. Anyhow, I hope that illustrated my point, that however intelligent computers get in the future, they have a very real grounded basis in humanity, likewise in the future, we will have a very real base virtual reality. Humanity acts as an intermediary between mother nature and “mother” (if you will), artificial intelligence. Computers can be integrated into us and introduced into nature and vice versa because we are integrated into both systems. Although we are also in the position to destroy both systems, but however righteous and legitimate Joy’s and Shelly’s concerns about the future may be, the things that they oppose and the systems which frighten them are only being reinforced, and gain power from the paranoia of its constituents. If, in fact, the societal systems in motion during Shelly’s and our time are working against the advancement of humanity as a whole, and the implementations of the technology of the times are progressing towards a frightening destructive end, feeding into the problem by popularizing paranoia the population will reach a state of complacency. Introducing personal fears to others creates a state of panic where-in those very systems that Joy and Shelly oppose with their fear would be rightfully initiated in hopes to settle the population.