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why do we strive?

Posted 03-03-2012 at 02:13 PM by hplc

I was thinking about the technological progress humanity have done, how very fast we went from pure mechanical solutions to the microchip, and the never ending ongoing progress towards better and better, smarter and smarter devices. Iphone, Ipad, bluetooth, wifi, more and more UPNP and AUTO builtin, devices that can make contact with other devices in the name of "user friendlyness"

Todays industrial robots that manufactures our cars, tvs, computers, cloths and whatnot takes orders, not from man, but from another machine, if some metal-cutting robot runs low on raw material it sends an alert to a computer wich in turn tells another robot on rails to go to the storage and go load the first robot mentioned.

So....how far off is Matrix and Terminator?, think hard, those movies were based on the fact that technology came to a point were the computer became selfaware and used that very interoperability we humans designed and used it for its own purpose, what is there to stop them once they turn on their former masters?, pull the plug? well millions of PCs, millions of industrial robots, millions and millions of devices containg processing power beyond imagine just ten years ago, if working togheter using copper net, fiber optic net, satelites, bluetooth, wifi...u name it.....those calculations done by a billion "brains" could fast go from harmless selfawareness to "must defend existence"

Some belive there might be alien species out there, perhaps dangerous ones!?, what about the ones we make?, antibiotic-resistant bacteria is already a living proof of a new species that aint very friendly, so why do we strive to make intelligent hardware even more intelligent?, when it one day may wake up and consider us pests / locusts-swarms?. I dont mind technology, i like it, i love to sit and fiddle around with different OS, but i really dont want to wake up one day, struggle with the coffemachine to convince it to make coffee, go to the computer to read news of the day, just to realize i have to argue with the computer to start the goddamn firefox for me
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