Date of publication: 2017-08-25 00:05
There are many projects around the world which are creating nonbiological devices to recreate in great detail the functionality of human neuron clusters. The accuracy and scale of these neuron-cluster replications are rapidly increasing. We started with functionally equivalent recreations of single neurons, then clusters of tens, then hundreds, and now thousands. Scaling up technical processes at an exponential pace is what technology is good at.
We 8767 re so intimidated by the wingnuts, we get spooked out of having these conversations. We let the archconservatives browbeat us with the concept of 8775 life, 8776 using their scare tactics on women and pushing for indefensible violations like forced ultrasounds. Why? Because when they wave the not-even-accurate notion that 8775 abortion stops a beating heart 8776 they think they 8767 re going to trick us into some damning admission. They believe that if we call a fetus a life they can go down the road of making abortion murder. And I think that 8767 s what concerns the hell out of those of us who support unrestricted reproductive freedom.
Society is highly effected by the technology. Actually, every aspect of our life is effected by technology, society is not exception. I 8767 m 65 years old and have seen so many advancements in technology during my whole life. Either it was digital cameras, Walkman, Mobile phones, computers, Windows, Mac, or tablets.
Consider a few examples of the implications. The bulk of our experiences will shift from real reality to virtual reality. Most of the intelligence of our civilization will ultimately be nonbiological, which by the end of this century will be trillions of trillions of times more powerful than human intelligence. However, to address often expressed concerns, this does not imply the end of biological intelligence, even if thrown from its perch of evolutionary superiority. Moreover, it is important to note that the nonbiological forms will be derivative of biological design. In other words, our civilization will remain human, indeed in many ways more exemplary of what we regard as human than it is today, although our understanding of the term will move beyond its strictly biological origins.
With every advancement that is made in the technological world, creative destruction results. For example, television impacts negatively on the movies and synthetic fibers impact the cotton fibers negatively. The coming in of new types of technology also results in a negative impact on the growth of the economy at times television at times consumes all the productive hours that a man has in a day. Every new form of technology gets into the market together with long term consequences that are most of the time not foreseeable. For instance is there really a justification for nations coming up with bombs, nuclear weapons and missiles to maintain security?
People of religion usually inherit their beliefs from their families, depending on their culture. Humanists have always worked things out for themselves, and we&rsquo re still doing it now. For this reason, we&rsquo re sometimes called &ldquo freethinkers&rdquo because that&rsquo s what we do – we think freely, rather than believing.
All of us working together over many years of innovation and 8775 evolution 8776 have created this smooth pattern (I would argue that ALL people contribute in some small way, even the ones that don 8767 t appear to be doing anything it all adds up). The patterns you see in a branching tree, in the periodic table, in human personality types, a fractal, the sand on the beach, a hurricane, the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction take your pick but the 8775 Law of Accelerating Returns 8776 as Ray calls it is simply another one of those types of patterns.
The Fed 8767 s monetary policy is only influential because people believe it to be. It has little real power. The economy today is largely backed by private capital in the form of a growing variety of equity instruments. The portion of available liquidity in the economy that the Fed actually controls is relatively insignificant. The reserves that banks and financial institutions maintain with the Federal Reserve System are less than $55 billion, which is only % of the GDP, and % of the liquidity available in stocks.