Jun 14, 2010

Will Singularity U Ruin the Earth

After hypothesizing yesterday about the affect of Humane Genome research on extending the lives of humans 30% and thereby increasing the human environmental degradation by a similar percent we read in the NY Times about the Singularity club or University as called by a bunch of rich techno types who met recently in California to discuss the future of man or non man.

"...Singularity holds, human beings and machines will so effortlessly and elegantly merge that poor health, the ravages of old age and even death itself will all be things of the past."

We're reading a book right now entitled "When the Wind Blows" by James Patterson about the affects of an out of control biotech madman. Of course "Bladerunner" is well regarded as a great movie(not as good a book) about how the man-machine interface can get out of control as well.

I guess if you are the founders of Google and you have many billion in the bank then living an abnormally long life looks attractive but it smacks to me of a Plutocracy since the many millions of humans not rich enough to afford what is needed to extend life abnormally will not benefit and are the rich always right?

Also the road to the development of melding man with machine will be littered with much pain for lab animals and potentially as is the theme of "When the Wind Blows" for man himself as a lab animal.

But the real reason for the blog is the sentence listed below from the NY Times article on Singularity U

"“We will transcend all of the limitations of our biology,” says Raymond Kurzweil, the inventor and businessman who is the Singularity’s most ubiquitous spokesman and boasts that he intends to live for hundreds of years and resurrect the dead, including his own father. “That is what it means to be human — to extend who we are.”

Sadly he sounds serious.
With the many millions of overpopulated in Africa, India, much of Asia, and yes even in the Americas.
this gent wants to extend life into the hundreds.

The  Earth can barely handle what we throw at it now as humans. It would implode if we try to burden it with humans living into their hundreds.

Here's hoping the NY Times and other media outlets, not to mention the US Government will keep an eye on these folks.

Please read "When the Wind Blows" and revisit "Bladerunner" on film.

Is this what you want?

Here's the link to the NY Times article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/business/13sing.html?scp=1&sq=singularity&st=cse

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