Watch “2045: A New Era for Humanity” on YouTube

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2 thoughts on “Watch “2045: A New Era for Humanity” on YouTube

  1. So… how does striving for immortality through technological advance achieve radical social and cultural changes that would deliver us from authoritarian violence, ecological collapse, and existential absurdity? I felt like the changes in social attitude/thinking/philosophy they briefly mentioned appeared more as means to the ends of overcoming humanity’s condition of mortality, when it seems clear to me the only justified argument to pursue that technological end in today’s world is if it is an integral part of the effort to change those social realities. Any plan of action that takes a radical change of global thinking and feeling as a given seems to be getting a bit ahead of itself.

    There is much that I find unappealing and dehumanizing about a utopia like this one. I resent the assumption that physical labor is inherently toilsome and undesirable and therefore to be relegated to robots, and that spiritual development is somehow divorced from that physical labor. This same rhetorical ideology is what helped culturally and geographically displace untold millions of small farmers around the globe and in the US, convincing the populace that farm work is pure drudgery better left to an unlucky minority who can manage a farm like a factory from atop his mighty tractor. At least applied to agriculture, this has been ruinous in so many ways and has helped spawn the modern day reality of polluting, consuming, multi-million person cities. The opposite narrative is what needs to be re-cultivated: that healthy land and healthy food requires careful stewardship and wide scale participation of the populace within the farming labor force, which itself is a meaningful, rewarding occupation.

  2. I don’t think technology means the same thing to you as it does to me. Technology provides the tools for better and better science, from knowledge of what humans are and how they operate individually and collectively to probing the limits of physical reality itself. Therefore it not only helps us know how to be healthier, it also gives more and more of us the power to bring more and more of these solutions into fruition (which would re-embed us into the localized and global ecosystems). You don’t think communication technology is integral to the achievement of radical cultural and social change? I think that already the effect of the internet has been as fundamentally game changing as the printing press before. I do think that a radical change of global thinking and feeling is inevitable as ideas collide at greater depths and higher rates.

    I don’t think that a utopia is inevitable. I would bet that something like the Singularity is the most likely not apocalyptic scenario, but that doesn’t guarantee an open network. I think the human mind is quite literally hackable, and without transparent networks that monitor brain activity, once nanobots permeate the environment we’re screwed.

    I don’t think eliminating required physical labor undermines the appreciation of physical labor but rather the opposite. The opposite of play isn’t work, it’s depression.

    I’m reminded of this interview:
    Jane McGonigal:Reality is Broken

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