Cryptocurrency: Brings Down GovBankCorp
jnn at synfin.org
Tue Jul 23 05:57:23 PDT 2019
> yeah because of blind faith in 'technology'.
There is a lot of blind faith in tech, a lot of hand waving
about hard problems from ostensibly "smart" people.
Ray Kurzweil, who is 71, thinks he will live forever - he
predicts by 2029 medical tech will be at a point where
each year will add at least another year to your life span,
He also thinks anthropic climate change (yeah, I know
Juan thinks it's all a big hoax, though I'm not clear who
benefits from such a hoax - massive vested interests
in carbon fuel industries drive troves of billionaires, not
to mention entire nation states, but in any case) is nothing
to worry about - Moore's law applied to renewables, it's
no fucking problem :).
It all sounds like technology as religious experience to
Even if you buy into the inevitability of this future tech,
is it really a road map for utopia? Humanity is facing some
tough shit, much of it directly tied to tech progression: massive surveillance states on levels never previously
imagined, wealth continually centralized among a tiny
world elite, existential risks as a direct result of
technological advances - atomic weapons, other "WMD",
and of course turning the heat up on the planet by
dumping carbon into the atmosphere at ever greater rates.
It seems like we are on a race to destroy ourselves... Will
tech help us or hinder us? Imagine the "democratization of
high-tech" that comes with all this progress - what
happens when anybody with the latest & greatest 3d
printer and a few other relatively cheap odds and ends
can create an atomic bomb? What happens when gene
hacking becomes truly cheap and ubiquitous, and anyone
with a little biology knowledge and the right hardware can
engineer a plague?
What's the answer to the Fermi paradox?
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