geokker Posted June 24, 2005 Report Share Posted June 24, 2005 I think it is fair to say that the increasing sophistication in technology will continue unabated for as long as we maintain a relatively peaceful society. Taking into consideration the burdon of the flesh, the non-zero probability of a catacalysmic impact of something or other on this planet and the vastness of interstellar distances, is it a given that we will dissolve our bodies into machines to assure our long-range survival? An example: The Earth is going to blow in 100 years. Radiation will render the solar system nonviable for even heavily augmented biology. Possible planetary candidates in other star systems are simply too far away. Do we: A) Party and die.:hihi: Party, hope a bit, then die.C) Party, hope space aliens will save us then die.D) Attempt to build robust, radiation-proof machines into which we can deposit our minds and live in a simulated reality while continuing to advance technology (at perhaps an accelerated rate) to the point where we can create more options e.g. faster than light travel, reconstituted biology etc. etc. I'm thinking Tron, Matrix etc. The question is - is this the future? [Notice I specifically haven't said 'inevitable'.] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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