what is the biggest threat to humanity? a mutated virus? an asteroid smashing into the planet? global warming? what do you think?
it was odd getting my hunting license after so many years. the woman had to go into the records department and found a piece of paper that documented that I had indeed hunted and taken the mandatory hunter's safety course. she asked me if I remembered the teacher. I had to admit I didn’t, but I told her the one thing I remembered most of the course was his question about, “what is the most dangerous part of a gun?”
I remember the class saying answers like the trigger, bullet, or other parts of the actual gun. then the instructor started the course by saying, “actually there is nothing really dangerous about the gun itself or the bullets. it is the human using the gun that is the most dangerous part of it.”
I always remembered that lesson and perhaps I apply it to many of the questions I see with our advances beyond things humans will be able to control…the genetic engineering, deionization of things, advanced artificial intelligence, robotics and the idea of autonomy with machines, to name a few.
the point is we get a choice for how we want this to be used and in our world where people like to label or be part of some ideas while ignoring just how complex our planet or countries are – we seem to forget to ask about what it is to be human and treat our fellow humans well. there appears to be more of an acceleration socially for people wanting to hide inside some private world each creates, that is an illusion of sorts that is presented to the world.
it is like the analogy I have about religion being a pizza with all the toppings, yet, how often does religion tend to change or use the view of seeing only one topping on the pizza and forgetting the rest?
if you are part of the pepperoni tribe, you are fine. but if you are a member of the opinion and pepper tribe…bad!
I also think this behavior is reinforced by our media and consumerism constantly bombarding society as they need to keep feeding and growing. it is the only downside of capitalism…there really isn’t a common sense or reset button when the momentum of the markets run by machines takes over.
this morning I sat in line at a Starbucks, twice. Just waiting. the first time I left because I can make great coffee by myself now. the second time, It was me watching the people operating and working and effort and things have to put in what appears to be an endless stream of humans not so much wanting coffee, cappuccino or a mocha – but rather liquid desert drinks laden with multiple shots of syrups and flavors, all topped with “low calorie” whipped crème.
is it me? or does anyone else see our nation's waistline growing ever larger because we simply are eating too much?
having an abundance of food is really a wonderful thing, but it is also a choice of how much we consume of it. right now I feel much of the country hasn’t or isn’t even aware of the changes that are coming soon.
perhaps it is better not to know?
whatever not so great comes our way with the future where machines and man have to somehow learn to co-exist in a new way…the only ones we can really blame for any abuses of it…will be man himself.
it is the question of what is the most dangerous part of a gun. it isn’t the gun, nor the bullets, but rather the human operating it.
this will be the same principal for all the robots and technologies that will come into the market in the next 30-40 years as well. some human will control it. what I wonder about is when the machines, machine learning, and advanced artificial intelligence really comes to maturity – will the machines look at humans as a threat to the planet for the way they treat each other and simply get rid of the nuisance that man himself never took the time to change?