(more interesting reads on totalitarianism than strawberrycock, and pirateglen go swashbuckle your gay lover and stay out of this thread.)
So lately I've been reading a book by Neil Postman called "Technopoly".
The book is a bit old, I think it came out around 1992, but I find it really fascinating. I have a slight addiction to technology in general. I tend to buy new things just because they are the newest technology even if they aren't noticeably better.
Technology surrounds all of us and we are constantly progressing in its development. But how often do any of you stop to look around and look at the consequences of this advancement? I’ll admit, until I started reading this book, I NEVER thought about the real possible negative side of all this technology. I always thought scenarios like TERMINATOR were just a fake story.
But that’s the problem. We've reached a point in society, at least in developed nations such as America (which postman calls a technopoly), that the development, implementation and integration of technology happens at such a fast pace, that most of us are using / needing the new technology before we even realize the change that has occurred.
This creates many problems not limited to the following...
1) A new elite class is created where the people who understand or know how to use the new technologies hold the power, allowing otherwise inept people to wield new influence.
2) Creation of "information gluts". The wealth and speed of available information in a technopoly creates a disconnect with context, purpose or meaning.
Kind of how forum fallers pretend to be smart on every topic through use of the internet, without really understanding anything.
Extrapolating this, when there is such a LARGE amount of information out there, it creates the possibility to refute pretty much any argument (AGAIN CONSTANTLY SEEN IN FORUM FALL); this in turn makes ALL INFROMATION USELESS.
3) In the long run, he theorizes, it will be the cause of the destruction of the human race. Through many different possible outcomes, all revolving around GNR or genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and robotics, and / or a combination of all 3.
A) Machines will take over ala terminator, with self replicating robots.
B) The “gray goo” scenario will become a reality through unleashing self replicating nanobots that consume every carbon atom on the planet. The movie “the day the earth stood still” shows this with their version of those tiny alien spiders that consume everything.
C) The human race isn’t destroyed by machines. Instead, in order to compete with machines humans decide to adapt through combining machine technology with humans, i.e. cyborgs etc. Though part human at first, he argues it will reach a point where we have so much machine in us, we forget what it means to be human anyway so we still destroy the human race.
D) Other essays provided in the book “technology and its future” by ALBERT TEICH argue, this is the natural direction for human evolution and it is our destiny to merge with machine and for humans to eventually be replaced.
HOW IS A TECHNOPOLY TOTALITARIAN? Because it has reached a point where all parts of society or culture are consumed or controlled by technology whether a person likes it or not. This cannot be stopped or reversed. America has reached this point. Technology for better or worse controls all of our lives, and this is only the beginning.
TLDR Summary: All the sci-fi movies are true. Technology is increasing exponentially and it cannot be stopped at this point. Humans are too quick to enjoy the benefits of technological advancement and too stupid or slow to realize the consequences it bears. It is inevitable that self replicating robots or nanobots will be created. It is also inevitable that machines will become smarter than humans (postman predicts 2030 this will initially be achieved). In the long run, we will either be defeated by machines ala skynet, or we will try to adapt through integrating humans and machines. In the later scenario, humans are still destroyed, just more gradually.
If you have any interest in technology I really recommend reading this book ("Technopoly" by Neil Postman). It is simply fascinating and will really open your eyes to the fact that humans are heading down a path of self destruction through technology. ALSO, this is not some fiction book, there is plenty of reference and resources with supporting facts provided.
If your even more interested, read “technology and the Future” by Albert Teich. This book is a compilation of works from all the leaders in this field. It discuss all the various viewpoints on the end point of humanity, and the possible things we can do to brace for it (it cannot be stopped).
BEFORE YOU IDIOTS OPEN YOUR MOTHS AND SAY THIS IS SIMPLY NOT POSSIBLE, read the books (I know you won’t) and then try to argue that it isn’t possible. I bet you can’t.
HAVE ANY OF YOU READ EITHER BOOK? OPINIONS?