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Is there such a thing as too much technology?

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4/18/2014 7:20:53 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
There is no doubt that our modern technology has done a lot of good, and it definitely makes life more comfortable and interesting, but are we just creating a gilded cage, or even creating the means for our own destruction? What does everyone think?
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4/19/2014 11:32:09 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/18/2014 7:20:53 PM, Idealist wrote:
There is no doubt that our modern technology has done a lot of good, and it definitely makes life more comfortable and interesting, but are we just creating a gilded cage, or even creating the means for our own destruction? What does everyone think?

Too much? Maybe, maybe not. Too much dependence on technology? Yeah. Too much negativity for the mind and body? Yeah.
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4/19/2014 5:09:49 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/19/2014 11:32:09 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/18/2014 7:20:53 PM, Idealist wrote:
There is no doubt that our modern technology has done a lot of good, and it definitely makes life more comfortable and interesting, but are we just creating a gilded cage, or even creating the means for our own destruction? What does everyone think?

Too much? Maybe, maybe not. Too much dependence on technology? Yeah. Too much negativity for the mind and body? Yeah.

I haven't had a chance to see the movie Transcendence yet, but I've reading a lot about the "technological singularity" over the past year, and to be honest I find some parts of it disturbing. I think it's going a bit too far when we experiment with integrating the brain-tissue of a rat onto a computer circuit-board. You just know someone will try it with human brain-tissue sooner or later.
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4/20/2014 2:05:59 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/19/2014 5:09:49 PM, Idealist wrote:
At 4/19/2014 11:32:09 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/18/2014 7:20:53 PM, Idealist wrote:
There is no doubt that our modern technology has done a lot of good, and it definitely makes life more comfortable and interesting, but are we just creating a gilded cage, or even creating the means for our own destruction? What does everyone think?

Too much? Maybe, maybe not. Too much dependence on technology? Yeah. Too much negativity for the mind and body? Yeah.

I haven't had a chance to see the movie Transcendence yet, but I've reading a lot about the "technological singularity" over the past year, and to be honest I find some parts of it disturbing. I think it's going a bit too far when we experiment with integrating the brain-tissue of a rat onto a computer circuit-board. You just know someone will try it with human brain-tissue sooner or later.

We just have to make sure we have good ethics. Obviously criminals could ignore this.

Technology's a tool, if we misuse or abuse it, it can be terrible. The more advanced it gets and the more useful it is. It is also far more dangerous.
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4/20/2014 9:12:32 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/20/2014 2:05:59 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/19/2014 5:09:49 PM, Idealist wrote:
At 4/19/2014 11:32:09 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/18/2014 7:20:53 PM, Idealist wrote:
There is no doubt that our modern technology has done a lot of good, and it definitely makes life more comfortable and interesting, but are we just creating a gilded cage, or even creating the means for our own destruction? What does everyone think?

Too much? Maybe, maybe not. Too much dependence on technology? Yeah. Too much negativity for the mind and body? Yeah.

I haven't had a chance to see the movie Transcendence yet, but I've reading a lot about the "technological singularity" over the past year, and to be honest I find some parts of it disturbing. I think it's going a bit too far when we experiment with integrating the brain-tissue of a rat onto a computer circuit-board. You just know someone will try it with human brain-tissue sooner or later.

We just have to make sure we have good ethics. Obviously criminals could ignore this.

Has humankind by-and-large ever exhibited ethics good enough to stake the fate of our survival on them?

Technology's a tool, if we misuse or abuse it, it can be terrible. The more advanced it gets and the more useful it is. It is also far more dangerous.

This is an obvious observation. There is an old wisdom which states that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Since technology = power, will too much technology tend to lead to a greater chance of corruption? Or even accidental annihilation? Suppose a "conscious" population of computers decides that oxygen in the atmosphere is a bad thing, since it contributes to rust, which damages them. They then decide and proceed to remove as much oxygen from the atmosphere as they can, with predictable results for biological life. Should we take the chance that they would always consider the consequences that their "decisions" have on us?
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4/21/2014 4:08:42 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/20/2014 9:12:32 PM, Idealist wrote:
At 4/20/2014 2:05:59 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/19/2014 5:09:49 PM, Idealist wrote:
At 4/19/2014 11:32:09 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/18/2014 7:20:53 PM, Idealist wrote:
There is no doubt that our modern technology has done a lot of good, and it definitely makes life more comfortable and interesting, but are we just creating a gilded cage, or even creating the means for our own destruction? What does everyone think?

Too much? Maybe, maybe not. Too much dependence on technology? Yeah. Too much negativity for the mind and body? Yeah.

I haven't had a chance to see the movie Transcendence yet, but I've reading a lot about the "technological singularity" over the past year, and to be honest I find some parts of it disturbing. I think it's going a bit too far when we experiment with integrating the brain-tissue of a rat onto a computer circuit-board. You just know someone will try it with human brain-tissue sooner or later.

We just have to make sure we have good ethics. Obviously criminals could ignore this.

Has humankind by-and-large ever exhibited ethics good enough to stake the fate of our survival on them?

I don't know. We'll have to though. The destruction of humanity may motivate enough people.


Technology's a tool, if we misuse or abuse it, it can be terrible. The more advanced it gets and the more useful it is. It is also far more dangerous.

This is an obvious observation. There is an old wisdom which states that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Since technology = power, will too much technology tend to lead to a greater chance of corruption?

I don't know if that's power over others. Do cars or microwaves corrupt people?

Or even accidental annihilation? Suppose a "conscious" population of computers decides that oxygen in the atmosphere is a bad thing, since it contributes to rust, which damages them. They then decide and proceed to remove as much oxygen from the atmosphere as they can, with predictable results for biological life. Should we take the chance that they would always consider the consequences that their "decisions" have on us?

I don't think I'm for self-aware robots, at least not as self-aware as you put it. If they're intelligent then we'll have some sort of moral obligation to them, and they'll also rival us. Hopefully by the point we get that advanced we'll have discussed the issue in depth and have various safeguards.
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4/21/2014 8:05:43 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/21/2014 4:08:42 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/20/2014 9:12:32 PM, Idealist wrote:
At 4/20/2014 2:05:59 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/19/2014 5:09:49 PM, Idealist wrote:
At 4/19/2014 11:32:09 AM, AlbinoBunny wrote:
At 4/18/2014 7:20:53 PM, Idealist wrote:
There is no doubt that our modern technology has done a lot of good, and it definitely makes life more comfortable and interesting, but are we just creating a gilded cage, or even creating the means for our own destruction? What does everyone think?

Too much? Maybe, maybe not. Too much dependence on technology? Yeah. Too much negativity for the mind and body? Yeah.

I haven't had a chance to see the movie Transcendence yet, but I've reading a lot about the "technological singularity" over the past year, and to be honest I find some parts of it disturbing. I think it's going a bit too far when we experiment with integrating the brain-tissue of a rat onto a computer circuit-board. You just know someone will try it with human brain-tissue sooner or later.

We just have to make sure we have good ethics. Obviously criminals could ignore this.

Has humankind by-and-large ever exhibited ethics good enough to stake the fate of our survival on them?

I don't know. We'll have to though. The destruction of humanity may motivate enough people.


Technology's a tool, if we misuse or abuse it, it can be terrible. The more advanced it gets and the more useful it is. It is also far more dangerous.

This is an obvious observation. There is an old wisdom which states that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Since technology = power, will too much technology tend to lead to a greater chance of corruption?

I don't know if that's power over others. Do cars or microwaves corrupt people?

Microwaves definitely do, lol. I think they're a lot to blame for the poor diet most people follow today. It's just so easy to pop a Hot-Pocket or a pizza into the ol' microwave for a few minutes, and then ding!

Or even accidental annihilation? Suppose a "conscious" population of computers decides that oxygen in the atmosphere is a bad thing, since it contributes to rust, which damages them. They then decide and proceed to remove as much oxygen from the atmosphere as they can, with predictable results for biological life. Should we take the chance that they would always consider the consequences that their "decisions" have on us?

I don't think I'm for self-aware robots, at least not as self-aware as you put it. If they're intelligent then we'll have some sort of moral obligation to them, and they'll also rival us. Hopefully by the point we get that advanced we'll have discussed the issue in depth and have various safeguards.

That would be the proper way for technology to proceed, it's just that most people seem more interested in what their toys can do for them than they are in what they might do to them. It seems weird that pornography has largely driven the advance on entertainment technology for the past few decades. You just know what a lot of people are probably thinking of when they imagine having a personal humanoid robot. :P
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4/24/2015 1:50:32 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 4/18/2014 7:20:53 PM, Idealist wrote:
There is no doubt that our modern technology has done a lot of good, and it definitely makes life more comfortable and interesting, but are we just creating a gilded cage, or even creating the means for our own destruction? What does everyone think?

Technology is certainly a double edged sword, meaning the whole point of technology is to make life easier. Accomplishing the same tasks in less time, and more efficiently. But in doing this, the people using it are tasked with using their own physical abd in many cases mental attributes less and less.

One of my favorite quotes is "there is no progress without compromise" - and to me this directly applies to technology. Can it mean our own destruction, absolutely. Look at the Atomic Bomb, Nuclear Power and the Internal Combustion Engine. All greatly contribute to our current life, but also have the potential to take it from us in the form of disaster and pollution over the long term. In the future Artificial Intelligence, Interstallar Travel and nano-technology are all very promising but at the same time very scary in their implications if in the wrong hands. Untimately its always upto the people who posess it.
there is no progress without compromise"