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Humanity & technology

on Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:36 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWgL6LJAcuQ

Facts
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(of course, they are outdated):

• If you're one in a million in China, there are 1,300 people just like you.
• China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world.
• The 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ’s is greater than the total population of the United States.
• The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
• We’re currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist using technology that haven’t been invented in order to solve problem we don’t even know are problem yet.
• The U.S. department estimate that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38.
• 1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer for less than a year.
• 1 in 2 workers has been with their current employer for less than 5 years.
• 1 out of 8 couples married in U.S. last year met online.
• There’re over 200 millions users registered on MySpace.
• If MySpace was a country, it would be the 5th-largest in the world (between Indonesia and Brazil).
• The first ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is Bermuda.
• The 19th ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is United States.
• The 20th ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is Japan.
• We are living in exponential time.
• There are 31 billions searches on Google every month.
• In 2006, there was 2,7 billions searches on Google every month.
• To whom these questions were addressed B.G. (before Google)?
• The first commercial text message was sent in December of 1992.
• Today, the total text messages sent and received everyday exceeds the total population of the planet.
• Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million: Radio – 38, TV – 13, Internet – 4, iPod – 3, Facebook – 2.
• The number of Internet device in 1984 was 1,000.
• The number of Internet device in 1992 was 1,000,000.
• The number of Internet device in 2008 was 1,000,000,000.
• There are about 540,000 words in the English language, about 5 times as many during the Shakespeare’s time.
• It is estimated that a week’s worth of New York Times contains more information that a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
• It is estimated that 4 exabytes (4x10^19) of unique information will generate this year. That is more than the previous 5,000 years.
• The amount of technical information is doubling every 2 years. For students starting a 4 years technical degree, this means that half of what they learned in their first year of study will be outdated by the third year of study.
• NTT Japan has successfully tested a fiber optic cable that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single strand of fiber. That is 2,660 CDs or 210 millions of phone call every second. It is currently tripling every 6 months and is expected to do so for the next 20 years.
• By 2013, a supercomputer will be built that exceed the computational capability of the human brain.
• Predictions are that by 2049, a 1,000$ computer will exceed the computational capability of the entire human species.

After knowing all this, what do you think it'll happen during this decade?


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on Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:41 pm
Nothing. It's just that technology will be strongly developed.
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on Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:44 pm
It means Science-Fiction films will become truth.
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on Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:00 pm
Cool! "We are living in exponential time." Imagine everything will go in exponential form (not only technology): you'll make more money, produce more babies, live longer...
Future human beens will be so much more cultivate. That means more school.
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on Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:01 pm
2012 : apocalypse
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on Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:09 pm
Doomed666 wrote:2012 : apocalypse
Complete nonsense. With their lack of prove, I can't believe that doomsday is on 2012. What the Maya calendar says is an outdated hypothesis. We need more scientific facts to prove it.
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:10 pm
Let's concentrate on the possibility that doomsday will not occur in this decade.

First : China will become the most powerful country and might beat the United States.
Second : Asians and technology will rule the world.
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:15 pm
Oh! Rule by Asians. Are you serious? mm3
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:37 pm
Technology in society or technology and culture refers to the cyclical co-dependence, co-influence, co-production of technology and society upon the other (technology upon culture, and vice-versa). This synergistic relationship occurred from the dawn of humankind, with the invention of the simple tools; and continues into modern technologies such as the printing press and computers.

Sociological factors and effects

The use of technology has a great many effects; these may be separated into intended effects and unintended effects. Unintended effects are usually also unanticipated, and often unknown before the arrival of a new technology. Nevertheless, they are often as important as the intended effect.

Spoiler:
Values

The implementation of technology influences the values of a society by changing expectations and realities. The implementation of technology is also influenced by values. There are (at least) three major, interrelated values that inform, and are informed by, technological innovations:

* Mechanistic world view: Viewing the universe as a collection of parts, (like a machine), that can be individually analyzed and understood (McGinn 1991). This is a form of reductionism that is rare nowadays. However, the "neo-mechanistic world view" holds that nothing in the universe cannot be understood by the human intellect. Also, while all things are greater than the sum of their parts (e.g., even if we consider nothing more than the information involved in their combination), in principle, even this excess must eventually be understood by human intelligence. That is, no divine or vital principle or essence is involved.

* Efficiency: A value, originally applied only to machines, but now applied to all aspects of society, so that each element is expected to attain a higher and higher percentage of its maximal possible performance, output, or ability. (McGinn 1991)
* Social progress: The belief that there is such a thing as social progress, and that, in the main, it is beneficent. Before the Industrial Revolution, and the subsequent explosion of technology, almost all societies believed in a cyclical theory of social movement and, indeed, of all history and the universe. This was, obviously, based on the cyclicity of the seasons, and an agricultural economy's and society's strong ties to that cyclicity. Since much of the world is closer to their agricultural roots, they are still much more amenable to cyclicity than progress in history. This may be seen, for example, in Prabhat rainjan sarkar's modern social cycles theory. For a more westernized version of social cyclicity, see Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 (Paperback) by Neil Howe and William Strauss; Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 30, 1992); ISBN 0-688-11912-3, and subsequent books by these authors.

Ethics

Winston (2003) provides an excellent summary of the ethical implications of technological development and deployment. He states there are four major ethical implications:

* Challenges traditional ethical norms. Because technology impacts relationships among individuals, it challenges how individuals deal with each other, even in ethical ways. One example of this is challenging the definition of "human life" as embodied by debates in the areas of abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, etc., which all involve modern technological developments.
* Creates an aggregation of effects. One of the greatest problems with technology is that its detrimental effects are often small, but cumulative. Such is the case with the pollution from the burning of fossil fuels in automobiles. Each individual automobile creates a very small, almost negligible, amount of pollution, however the cumulative effect could possibly contribute to the global warming effect. Other examples include accumulations of chemical pollutants in the human body, urbanization effects on the environment, etc.
* Changes the distribution of justice. In essence, those with technology tend to have higher access to justice systems. Or, justice is not distributed equally to those with technology versus those without.
* Provides great power. Not only does technology amplify the ability, and hence the strength, of humans, it also provides a great strategic advantage to the human(s) who hold the greatest amount of technology. Consider the strategic advantage gained by having greater technological innovations in the military, pharmaceuticals, computers, etc. For example, Bill Gates has considerable influence (even outside of the computer industry) in the course of human affairs due to his successful implementation of computer technology.

Lifestyle

In many ways, technology simplifies life.

* The rise of a leisure class
* A more informed society
* Sets the stage for more complex learning tasks
* Increases multi-tasking (although this may not be simplifying)
* Global networking
* Creates denser social circles
* Cheaper prices
* Greater specialization in jobs

In other ways, technology complicates life.

* Pollution is a serious problem in a technologically advanced society (from acid rain to Chernobyl and Bhopal)
* The increase in transportation technology has brought congestion in some areas
* Technicism (although this may not be complicating)
* New forms of danger existing as a consequence of new forms of technology, such as the first generation of nuclear reactors
* New forms of entertainment, such as video games and internet access could have possible social effects on areas such as academic performance
* Increased probability of some diseases and disorders, such as obesity
* Social separation of singular human interaction. Technology has increased the need to talk to more people faster.
* Structural unemployment
* Anthropogenic climate change

Institutions and groups

Technology often enables organizational and bureaucratic group structures that otherwise and heretofore were simply not possible. Examples of this might include:

* The rise of very large organizations: e.g., governments, the military, health and social welfare institutions, supranational corporations.
* The commercialization of leisure: sports events, products, etc. (McGinn)
* The almost instantaneous dispersal of information (especially news) and entertainment around the world.

International

Technology enables greater knowledge of international issues, values, and cultures. Due mostly to mass transportation and mass media, the world seems to be a much smaller place, due to the following, among others:

* Globalization of ideas
* Embeddedness of values
* Population growth and control
* Others

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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:48 pm
In the following decade, people will continue to rely on technology. We will put faster new product on the market. New inventions will be built to make our life easier. And people will become lazy and incompetent.
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:49 pm
At the end, we're back to what I said. Technology will take more place in our life.
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:27 pm
Not for everyone. The technological development is linked with the economic development, and, therefore, it is directly proportional to the disparity. Thus, poor countries will become poorer and rich countries, richer. People who live in underdeveloped country or region will not be affected by the dependence of technology.
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:32 pm
Excel wrote:Not for everyone. The technological development is linked with the economic development, and, therefore, it is directly proportional to the disparity. Thus, poor countries will become poorer and rich countries, richer. People who live in underdeveloped country or region will not be affected by the dependence of technology.
That's true. But the rich countries do have a better importance than the poor countries. They are the ones who decide and influence everyone's behavior.
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:40 pm
I don't see the point of the discussion. Technology will become greater, higher and phenomenon, and all human been will be directly or indirectly affected by the co-dependence of technology. It's a common sens. Everyone knows that. It's a fact now. I mean, what are we supposed to say. We all have the same position. mm12
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:45 pm
Woah! This vid scared me. o_O
Indeed, I think technology will become "greater, higher and phenomenon, and all human been will be directly or indirectly affected by the co-dependence of technology." I also think it will surpass our humanity. Very soon...
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:50 pm
shadow wrote:Let's concentrate on the possibility that doomsday will not occur in this decade.
Ok, bro- Very Happy

Digital wrote:I also think it will surpass our humanity. Very soon...
It is wrong to say it will surpass, because our technology is a consequence of our humanity.
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Technology comes about only because of the human, thinking, rational mind. The human mind is the essence and core of our humanity. Without the human mind, there are no life-saving comforts that we can take for granted. Without these life-saving comforts, all of civilization as we know it would collapse.

Think about it. Think about all the concrete examples we take for granted as "technology:" automobiles; life-saving medicine and surgeries; factories which give us all kinds of modern conveniences such as cellular phones, fax machines, and computers. I could go on and on.

Perhaps the best way to grasp the power of technology is to go to, or learn about, an impoverished third-world country that never had an industrial revolution (much less a post-industrial, technological one).

Most people who look at the misery and mediocrity in these countries ask themselves, "Why does the United States have so much?" The real question to ask is: "Why do they have so little?"

An important, fundamental part of the answer is the fact that reason, and the human mind at its best, never became valued in those societies. Nor did freedom. As a consequence, such societies stagnate and slowly, painfully die.

I'm not at all appalled by technology. Quite the contrary. I love technology. And I understand that without humanity, properly defined, there is no technology in the first place. I'll bet that the person driving the car with the bumpersticker is not so appalled that he/she is prepared to give up these comforts, including the car being driven.

Are you?

by : http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/science/technology/152-Technology-Humanity.html
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:07 pm
Technology will surpass humanity. There's nothing wrong in here. The fact that it in the consequence of our humanity doesn't mean that it cannot surpass humanity.
Imagine technology were a little child. Once you educated him, raised him and gave him everything that you knew to him, he would be at the same level as you. But if other people were involved in his life, taught him everything they knew, he would surpass you. Technology had absorb many great people's knowledge who had high IQ. And technology had always existed. From the ancient Egyptian time to now, how much knowledge did it absorb?
"Think about it." Yeah, just think about it. XD
So, I will not be surprised if, during this decade, the world will be conquered by computers and robots.
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:13 pm
Chocolate wrote:
So, I will not be surprised if, during this decade, the world will be conquered by computers and robots.
During this decade! That quickly. I'll be surprised. The them "robot" is still futuristic... at least to me. ^^lll
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:20 pm
Digital wrote:During this decade! That quickly. I'll be surprised. The them "robot" is still futuristic... at least to me. ^^lll
You're so outdated. XD
Many robots have been built and on sale legally in on the market. But I suppose that you're talking about humanoid robot. Of cause, they're on sale, but thee are functional prototypes that have been built. And also gynoids. You can find many examples on Wikipedia. Very Happy
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:25 pm
I already saw this video somewhere.
Anyway, let not be too pessimist. Wink
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:39 pm
That why we have to enjoy more nature life and take more attention about our environment.
Save more energy by limiting your daily electric and electronic devices using. You can save humanity!
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:40 pm
§Cinnapølis§ wrote:That why we have to enjoy more nature life and take more attention about our environment.
Save more energy by limiting your daily electric and electronic devices using. You can save humanity!
Is this an ad? Suspect
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:42 pm
Probably.
It's not really the beat place to publish advertisements. There's not much of public here.
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on Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:45 pm
lol
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Re: Humanity & technology

on Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:06 pm
@nimaniac wrote:lol
Ok... (nice try, but so wordless XD)

So, if we put everything together,
Spoiler:
Evolution of technology itself:

-CO2power: technology will be strongly developed.

-@nimaniac: Science-Fiction films will become truth.


Evolution of our likestyle:

-CO2power: Technology will take more place in our life.

-Spirit: you'll make more money, produce more babies, live longer... Future human beens will be so much more cultivate. That means more school. [&] Technology will become greater, higher and phenomenon, and all human been will be directly or indirectly affected by the co-dependence of technology.

-InfluenzaKiller: people will continue to rely on technology. We will put faster new product on the market. New inventions will be built to make our life easier. And people will become lazy and incompetent.

-Me: China will become the most powerful country and might beat the United States. Asians and technology will rule the world.

-Excel: poor countries will become poorer and rich countries, richer. People who live in underdeveloped country or region will not be affected by the dependence of technology.

-Digital: it will surpass our humanity. Very soon... [not in this decade]

-Chocolate: the world will be conquered by computers and robots.
it looks something like this :
In this decade, there's no way for us, teenagers of North America, to (mentally) survive on a camping trip without electric or electronic devices.
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