Lately there has been a lot of advancement in technology. Along with this I have seen even more articles about up coming advancement in technology. I don’t always agree with these articles. A couple of them that I have read recently are about making humans able to access cloud/computing services and using “artificial intelligence” to solve problems. Obviously these two articles are about two very different things so lets look at each and determine whether we, as humans, should really be advancing to this point.
First, having the human mind accessing the cloud and computing services directly. To expand a bit this is something under development. It uses the human mind connecting through technology to directly access the information stored on the cloud and other internet computing devices. Being able to directly access the internet and its wealth of information. Now many people see lots of problems with this. Couldn’t this mean that anyone could tap into your brain and access your thoughts/memories or even current location? Well not entirely. After all security has come a long way and it is possible to have a very secure link (even wirelessly) that no one can break into (within reason). Technology in the area of security has really been advancing as well keeping things more and more secure. With that said it wouldn’t be an issue of other people accessing your brain. Its more about what you are able to access with it. With the huge amount of information out there, a large amount of it false, you can easily be inundated with the information that you can access through your computer which can only work so fast. Your brain is essentially a super computer. It is capable of doing more than your computer can do and in less time (provided it has been taught). Your mind on a daily basis performs millions of calculations. Every time you take a step your brain has to recalculate loads of information including impact, resistance, speed, balance, distance, etc. This happens without us really knowing and in a blink of an eye. A computer takes longer than that to make the same calculations (at this point). So what would it do with access to a virtually indefinite amount of information?
Here I will move into the second article. The second article was about the advancement of artificially intelligence. This may sound contradictory to what I said in relation to the first article but research says that a computer can track more variables than the human mind and in less time. To an extent this is true but to be fair we also haven’t taught our minds to do so. If we practiced and really wanted to learn how we could track many variables with our minds and not really know we are (kind of like learning to walk). With that said, should we. This would stretch our mind to a point that we haven’t used it yet, but it may be beneficial to us as a race.
So to answer the question posed at the beginning. Is all technological advancement good? I would say no. Back to the first article I discussed. Is it good to have this sort of access? I wouldn’t think so. The overload on your brain isn’t good for it. We would be changing our bodies from the way that God made them which many would disagree with (I know many who believe that tattoos are against God’s will, but that is a totally different subject). So based on that article I would say that no not all technological advancement is good.
On to the second article. The advancement of artificial intelligence. We already have it advanced to the stage that if given a question it can track it for valid answers. The artificial intelligence that we currently have is well below the intelligence that humans have (as it is designed by humans it is created less intelligent then humans). With that said in the near future (still looking 20+ years out) there are ideas of making the last of human technological advances. That being the artificial intelligence that can advance technology itself is entirely self aware and search out problems/questions and answers them. This is a whole new step where artificial intelligence can/will be more intelligent than humans are. That is scary thought but at the same time decisions can be made entirely unbiased. When a problem arises (or even potentially before something becomes a problem) the ability to fix that problem is already there everything can be calculated and presented in a purely factual sense. Now is this really good, I would say yes this advancement is great. It gives the ability to bring the earth back to a better state, we can, in a way create a more sustainable earth model.
So while I would say that not all technological advancement is good I would also have to say that it is not all bad either. There is some of both and we need to work with that which is good and try to step away from that which isn’t.