In my first blog post in this class, I had to screen Ray Kurzweil to see if he would be a viable candidate to speak about technology at Bucknell. Ray Kurzweil is a technology futurist, which means he predicts where technology will be at certain point of time. While reading his predictions, I became fascinated with the speeding up of our technological advancement. This explosion of technology is a wonderful thing in many ways. Our life expectancy and standard of living has gone up as a result, but where is technology going to take us in 20 or 50 or 500 years? Currently, our world revolves around the advancement of technology. Therefore, I believe that The Antitechnology Movement will soon be the idea that changes the world the most.
Before really think about this dilemma, I would have said there is no way that we should stop advancing technologically. Here are a couple of predictions that Kurzweil has made that made me second guess myself…
1. 2030: Mind uploading becomes possible
2. 2045: The “technological singularity” occurs, which means that artificial intelligence surpasses humans as the smartest life forms on earth. This means that artificial intelligence will take over the advancement of technology from humans, and start self improving at an increasing rate.
3. Post-2045: Artificial intelligence will convert most of Earth’s matter into computer like material, with very few natural resources remaining for the humans that choose to not mechanically engineer their bodies.
4. 2099: A.I. will have the ability to make planet sized computers.
Sounds a little crazy and conspiracy theory-esque huh? I agree. I really don’t think that these will happen in the time frames or to the extent that Kurzweil suggests, partly due to The Antitechnology Movement. One does have to think about the implications of technological advancement because it is a fact that we are advancing at an increasing rate. Modern homo sapiens have been on this planet for over 200,000 years. We happen to have been born in a critical part of our history where things are changing at an almost incomprehensible rate. I think that as we move forward technologically, we need to temper our actions with reflection about what is best for man-kind. Despite some adverse effects such as pollution, In my opinion, rapid technological advancement has been good so far. I just don’t know if this same mentality is best going forward.