At some point, should we stop developing new technology?
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That "some point" at which we should stop developing new technology is NOW! Please don't insist that this is not possible or change is just bound to happen anyway, because as humans we are smart enough to make decisions now on what we do and what the future will look like. I completely refute that we are just subject to evolution and have no control over what happens in the future. We have the ability and power to say "enough is enough" and stick with things the way they are now and be happy with the world we have already. It is just so fantastic in every way with all the awesome grandeur of the natural world, plus all the mod cons of life which we've developed to make life more than comfortable enough already. We MUST stop progressing technology NOW before it is too late and we've created some sort of strange unrecognizable hi-tech and unnatural world. I mean we are all living breathing human beings and should enjoy how fantastic is is to be a human, and also enjoy all the great technology and science and be satisfied with it NOW!!!
Yes, they should stop developing technology even further.
1. Drones are fast becoming threats in some places.
2. Robots are also feared to become threats like killer robots from terminator films or robot masters or mavericks from Megaman series.
3. Many people feared that some weapons could be developed to destroy earth.
4. Self-driving cars, which are so-called safe, might actually cause more accidents and deaths if something that's controlling self-driving cars goes haywire.
5. Virtual Reality is already causing problems and making some people crazy (and possibly sending crazy people who used VR to asylums) and even giving people cybersickness.
6. The most advanced phones are being used by hackers and terrorists to cause threats.
7. Sometimes, solar power might not work well when in a rainy or snowy place, possibly causing massive blackouts worldwide and probably make lots of people die from thirst and starvation as people are now dependent on our current tech.
8. Genetic-Engineering could lead to lots of humans getting deformed and die from deformities.
9. Future Glass with screens (like on some YouTube videos where glass had apps and others) could, just like virtual reality, cause people to go insane and possibly be sent to asylums.
Technology should stay the same as it is right now.
Technology is getting to the point where we can manipulate the fundamental forces of the universe. Nuclear bombs have increased exponentially in power since World War 2. It is within our power, right now, today, to wipe all life off the face of the earth. And still technology is improving at an ever greater rate. How long until it is not only possible, but easy to wipe out all life in the universe? Is that really something we want to be able to do?
Life as it is now is pretty good. Sure we have our problems, but most people (in the industrialized world at least), are able to lead full, mostly happy lives.
Now I'm not sure we could stop technological progress even if we wanted to, but I'm saying hypothetically, maybe that wouldn't be such a bad idea.
I favor greatly what you sat Jess...I just wish to add one more thing to it. I think we should take a break in technology to go back over some of it to be certain everything is working as we wished it to. I don't like dark alleys as an end to something. If we've gotten something wrong, maybe it's time to correct it. Technology must be built upon lest the bottom crumble and fail in ways we would not wish it to.
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Yeah, that's a good point. With human knowledge increasing at a rapid rate we're seeing more and more specialization. Everybody's an expert at one thing and doesn't really understand what everybody else is doing. You can see that in the recent financial crisis. We really do need to stop and think about all this for a second.
Alas, there is just so much evolutionary pressure pushing us forward: better, faster, stronger, mooore @[email protected]
It reminds me of the story of the Tower of Babel, only I don't believe there's anyone out there that will save us from ourselves.
Not yet, at least. There is not yet any theoretical way we can make civilization infinitely sustainable. So if we stop developing it before we get to other planets, other galaxies, possibly other planes of existence we will run out of resources and die out, unless we revert to a less consumptive lifestyle. In terms of the life of the universe, we can either transcend or die out.
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But let's say that future technology gives us at least a 1% chance of annihilating the entire human race, either maliciously or accidentally.
Now say we could somehow effectively ban any technology that was powerful enough do that.
If we banned this advanced tech then we would be dooming ourselves to fade away when the universe runs out of energy. But hey, trillions of years (or whatever) is a pretty good run...
On the other hand we could allow this technology to exist, but then we run the risk of cutting our existence down drastically from trillions to maybe as little as a few hundred thousand years... Is that really worth the risk?
In my head, the question isn't "should we stop" it's "could we stop." And the answer is a huge no. We're too advanced and too many people develop technology that there's no way to possibly stop advancing it if it was declared we should. Should we though? Maybe in some areas, like with warfare. But it just won't happen.
And do what? Are you trying to put me out of business?As long as there are humans, there will be someone somewhere complaining about something that will require new technology.
As much as some technologies are bad for environment and for nature, I feel that the advancement of technology will make devices more energy efficient and the human race can actually help the environment with technology. Of course, there are bad things associated with technology, like pollution, but if we stop advancing now, pollution will remain. If we continue to advance we can possibly reverse any carbon footprint we've ever had. Who knows where technology will go?
There's always going to be a blood price for technology, but that isn't the fault of science, it's the abuse of it. We can make the world a better place by finding cleaner ways to run our cars, easier ways to produce food, and ways to ensure criminal activity is kept at a minimum without crippling freedom.
Honestly i don't think we have the choice to stop developing new technology. what i think we do have a choice in is what new technology we develop. new technology will always be developed but we can put our resources into developing technology that has a meaningful contribution to society and not just commercial militaristic interests.
Absolutely not. Technology has benefited mankind HUGELY over the past years and will continue to do so. I cannot think of a legitimate reason as to why anyone would want to go backwards instead of forwards when it comes to things helping us in life.
Also, good luck trying to stop something that is developing at such a rate that makes it impossible to stop.