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Ever Considered? : April 16, 2011

April 16, 2011 7 comments

Many of you have seen the movie version of ‘The Watchmen‘. In that movie, one of the main characters is a trans-human entity known as Dr. Manhattan.

In my opinion, the comic book (and movie) depiction of what an entity with trans-human abilities would do is inaccurate. Why would any intelligent life-form with the abilities of Dr. Manhattan interact with humans, let alone help them. While Osterman was human, Dr. Manhattan is clearly not human- and does not requite the cooperation or help of other humans to exist.

Any entity with that type of ability and a basic understanding of human nature is more likely to kill all humans or life on earth to RESET the clock. It would to far more easy to guide evolution towards a better product than change human nature.

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An Observation: April 16, 2011

April 16, 2011 8 comments

One of my most profound insights into human behavior came almost a decade ago- in my mid 20s.

People are much nicer if you are a homicide-capable asshole rather than a humane and accommodating person.

While I won’t go into details of the string of incidents which led me to this conclusion- the effects were just too stark to ignore. Anger, hate and a slew of so-called ‘negative’ emotions can get you everything ‘positive’ emotions cannot. It works especially well if your ‘negative’ emotions are visible without being overt.

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Why Technological Intelligence Will Supplant Humans

April 16, 2011 2 comments

Many technophobes, and people, believe that technology will supplant humans because it will be more capable or powerful than humans. I believe that there is another, more likely but, less obvious reason for such a transition.

Technology is far more dependable and less subjective than humans- therefore we might actually choose it over people.

Let me explain..

Humans associate with other humans to satisfy needs and desires. If what was once done by a unreliable, moody and marginally competent human can be done far more reliably, better and with less bullshit by a machine- would you still prefer a human?

Here are a few examples-

You want to see a hot naked girl with a particular set of looks and attributes. Is it more efficient to search for high-res photos/ movies of her OR find one like that and get her to strip? If your eyes cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is virtual- does it still matter?

Most of us eat foods that were either made by a machine in a factory or one at home. In previous eras, these products (ice-cream, bread, pasta, frozen chicken breasts, pre-cut steaks) were made by hand. But do we care?

If you want to find information on any subject- would you use the internet or talk to someone who might know? Who is likely to be more timely, objective and accurate- man or machine?

In summary: if humans could get the same product or service from a machine, we would always prefer interacting with it over other humans.

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