Now and then, I explore my old subscription emails to IEEE to find some nugget I may have missed out on. Recently, I ran across an article on prosthetic limbs, which was fascinating and talked about the progress in neuroscience with regards to enabling the sensation of touch in the mind of the prosthetic wearer. This led me to a couple of other articles. The first was of DARPA (the US governments military research arm) wanting mind-reading technology. The second was a Q&A session with Anders Sandberg in regards to the ethics of “upgrading” your brain. These articles are a testimony to the hope people have in technology solving their problems. However, the truth is, technology will never solve the underlying problem, and for the historically-aware, it would seem only dystopia is on the horizon. To understand why, we have to take into account historical trends, psychology, and legitimate ethics. But I’m not interested in solving the unsolvable. I’m interested in a better response to all this. In this article, I’d like to analyze the aforementioned articles and then provide my own positive response.
It may be amazing, but it’s quite true that millions of problems can come about from one simple problem. But rather than give an abstract explanation as is my usual custom, let’s go into a ton of examples. (Get ready for a really, really long article.)
Oh, I’m so sorry. You were hoping for something that emphasized more of the glamor than the gloom…
(As a small irony, I’ve noticed I name my opinion articles something fancy like other bloggers just trying to make the article look interesting to read.) Continue reading
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