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  1. globatron
    April 19, 2010

    or not. what would stop it he asks? hmm. well i could list a few offhand.

    nuclear war.
    A..I deciding we are no longer needed.
    Global warming destroys the planet.
    and i could go on.

    on the upside i’m all for the digital shoes that sense how much you have walked to give
    you points on your health care plan.

    and the bus points for taking mass transit.

    the rest of it seems a bit much. i already have too much digital interference. i can’t imagine the world he speaks of. i am glad he can though. sounds interesting for sure. i love how all the games he speaks of are mostly for good intentions.

    seems he’d love that world to become a reality and i’m sure there will be versions of it. i just won’t participate in most of it myself.

    interesting though for sure.

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  2. Akbar Lightning
    April 19, 2010

    my response is in the form of the zizek video i just posted…but the question is ‘why not?’

    what would drive you to resist such changes?

    i think the presenter is aware of the moral ambiguity of all this change. in fact, i think it reveals the universal human condition all the more, since rapid change still does not eliminate the need for conscious choice.

    another question is, can you resist these changes?

    i mean, not buying particular items of technology does not necessarily mean you will not be surrounded by them.

    i prefer the learn as much about these changes, and see what good can be cultivated in such an environment approach. the technology is neither good nor bad..in my opinion…

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  3. globatron
    April 19, 2010

    Why not?

    well it’s because it’s overwhelming and a personal choice. not a judgement or anything about the nature of technology.

    i think mentally humans can accept only so much change before it becomes too much. i myself don’t use cell phones and to most that is unheard of. there is nothing revolutionary in that action and I am far from a luddite but it became as if I was tied down to a device and sometimes I just wanted to be unreachable.

    like now. in a few minutes I will be unreachable because i’m going for a jog. no one will be able to track my movements i hope.

    it’s definitely inevitable i agree but to what degree?

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  4. Greg
    April 19, 2010

    Ok, so did either of you ever watch Johnny Nuemonic with Keenu Reeves?

    I believe too much technology is going to be a harmful thing to the planet. There is such a thing as too much. If you also watch the movie AI it shows the more we replace technology in our lives the further we separate ourselves from humanity. Now understand I am a die hard conservative IT field person and I am saying there is too much tech.

    Watch Wall-E and all the other warnings. I know all these are entertain references but much of our future is often depicted in accurate references from that. Anyway that is my two cents. Somewhere man is going to have to find a balance between the technology and the humanity. As it was quoted from Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic park, Just because we can do thing does it mean we should?

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  5. ken vallario
    April 19, 2010

    good answer gtron….i like the image of you running totally out of touch with your network…

    i was at the mall the other day and a father with two kids asked my wife and i if we ‘had the time.’ and i pulled out my cell and i told him what time it was…and i judged him, for being out with his kids and no phone…because i have bought into the idea of security…

    as far as too much technology, it’s kind of like the city explosion in the middle ages that led to the black plague, due to unforeseen consequences of living so close with very little sanitary consideration…i think that technology is a lifeform that will grow at a regular rate and does not require human consent…as a result, i’m not sure i feel a value judgment is a good use of philosophical energy…but rather, how to develop a good life in spite of these changes. maybe it’s the same discussion…

    i don’t blame any human brutality or ignorance on technology, as i think that has been a constant shadow of human history. the good guys have always had to struggle against the masses who could not see the big picture and therefore often worked against themselves.

    i want an ipad
    i want a new HDTV
    i want one of those new jaguars i saw on tv

    as an aside, i’m working on a new theory of the human condition, one that admits that we are all lazy, lustful, and slightly aggressive, and those of us willing to admit to that actually have a better chance of consciously managing these tendencies…i see this with our relationship to tech…as i open up to my techy lust, i am more able to moderate….nooooo, that’s not true…i want an ipad soo bad….

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  6. Greg
    April 20, 2010

    Ken, I know a good 12 step program that can help you with that. LOL.

    We should consider as a society that the more we allow technology to consume our lives are we not allowing it to enslave us at the same time? Will we become a society so dependant on it’s tech that we become unable to function without it? That is a situation that scares me since technology could become more of a drain on our humanity and society rather than help it.

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  7. Akbar Lightning
    April 20, 2010

    greg, i think that the drain you speak of is already happening, so when it comes to concern i agree with you. however, as far as having some efficacy concerning the speed of technological progress, i’m not sure i am convinced such a thing is possible…

    Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near book makes pretty convincing argument about technological autonomous growth. with that said, i think the problem is universal to human history, the problem of consciousness. if human beings remain conscious, they have the capacity to make the technology conscious and therefore in line with their desires, the good ones, the productive ones…

    however, we live in a world with a huge variety of human compulsion and so the technology merely reflects our own moral fracturing. this is dangerous, but remember, agriculture was a form of technology thousands of years ago and made claims on the human condition, it is most likely responsible for the development of class dynamics and early political oppression.

    rebellion of any kind starts with clarity of mind, and unity of purpose…

    speaking of purpose, my daughter is ready to get off the potty now…

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  8. Krs
    April 21, 2010

    I wonder if the Neanderthal ever sat down and said to himself “Damn, I just have too many tools to choose between for killing this big ass Mammuth to feed my family”

    I could not make my website without the aid of technology and odds are that I would never have been involved in this discussion with all of you without it either.

    But I could still paint a painting
    I could still go for a walk with my wife
    I could still have a drink with my friends

    Or any of the other things that people have been doing for centuries and are still doing today.

    For all the technological advancement in the world very few of the basic things about being human have actually changed at all.

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  9. Akbar Lightning
    April 21, 2010

    i agree with the universal substrate of the human condition…

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