Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Manna: a possible future

Marshall Brain's Manna is a very interesting story about how technology can either slave us or free us. It's a very good reminder of some powerful ideas:

  • Technology can make heaven in earth. Certain degrees of prosperity can only be attained in extremely high tech environments.
  • Technology can make hell in earth, although low tech settings are also quite appropriate for spreading suffering.
  • We are responsible of the outcome of technology. If we don't want the way things are going, we better start doing something about it.
  • Advanced robotics is going to be a very disruptive technology. Our current socio-economic structure will need profound modifications to adapt to it.


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