Saturday, May 28, 2005

We are the Borg.

Resistance is futile: "An ultra-liberal technophile, Naam gushes that “we are the prospective parents of new and unimaginable creatures”. He is at his best when indulging his futurological visions, skipping through some of the trickier moral and social questions. He prophesies a revolution in human interaction whereby we can send pictures or even feelings direct into each other’s brains and can read the thoughts of those too young, stubborn or sulky to communicate. Extrapolating from technologies that are already being developed, he argues that there will come a time when we are all linked together through a single worldwide mind."

This woman in my class did a presentation on transhumanism and artifical intelligence, and she referred to that book in the article, Our Posthuman Future, extensively. I held my tounge from commenting that her presentation read like the screenplay for the Terminator movies. She described the possibility of artificial intelligence accessing the big computer network and taking over the world in the exact same way Skynet is described.

On that note, I'm off to do the very human task of laundry.

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