Random artist thoughts: Hard wired to the internet

I believe that the day is coming when the next generation will be hard wired into the Internet. It is only a matter of time, that people will want to have access 24/7, 365 days a year to friends, music and information...but, it makes me wonder, who will be controlling the feed of that information? Will it be the government, the media, big banking, the Vatican...just who will be spinning the information that will be streaming into people's brains. Will we become a bunch of over-loaded zombies? What are your thoughts? Suz


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Comment by Daniel young on March 5, 2012 at 4:53am

That is an interesting scenario to contemplate, but non the less, still science fiction.

I realize that the more we learn about the brain and the facts that we don't really have this total "free will" that we used to imagine, stirs up creativity and fear in some authors. The way the corporations are exploiting psychology and neurology sciences is abhorrent. Priming us to make the decisions that they want us to make, utilizing emotions and associating them to their products. The way the government purposely misleads us to build public opinion for the need of war or sanctions is more than dishonest, it is immoral.

But being quite honest, this can only continue if the public stays ignorant to the pliability of the brain, and once we shed our antiquated belief systems and allow for our time and effort to be redirected to rational and more moral thinking, I think things will change for the better as they have been doing for some time.

As a race, humanity has been doing fairly well. Our track record as laid out by Steven Pinker in his book " The better angles of our nature, Why violence has declined " disseminates this very intelligently ( if somewhat long-winded ). As our technological prowess evolves, so does our understanding of other scientific endeavors, how associative learning spins its web of " knowledge ", or the fact that our moral values are not set in stone.

Our contact with other people in conjunction with our " circles of sympathy " have extended outside of the family, town, city, country,  in a very short period of time. Now we give thought, or act on the starving and suffering people around this wonderful globe. Not to mention the change in morality towards animals. This amount of altruism is unprecedented in our past.

I guess what I'm saying is that based on the information that I have encountered, I am of a more hopeful opinion that the scenario that you describe will not come to be. 

As far as TV is concerned, when I do watch, it is usually some documentary about animals or cultures. 30 Rock is also very stupid, but makes me laugh a lot :-) But mainly I enjoy reading something interesting, science oriented.

Comment by Tony Carroll on March 4, 2012 at 12:54pm

And what of the people who, for whatever reason, can't afford/refuse/are physically incapable of this form of information download. Are they the new pariahs that all the rest can castigate as they have other minority groups in the past? And will it cause those who receive the info to become more parochial? Most people have a few places they like to visit, they don't really "surf", only a narrow path they follow most times (guilty as charged). As to who controls the info, very scary. What kind of buffers would be needed to stop overload, can it be turned off and on at will, will it involve some type of reward if, say taking a test and get answers right, or some kind of punishment? Couls it be hacked, as no system is foolproof at present? Can think of more but will end for now. Thanks Suzi. Peace and long life.

Comment by Suzi Rhae on March 4, 2012 at 12:24pm

Hello Daniel, your comment lead me on a delicious inquiry...but first a question for you, "Do you watch TV?" I usually do not, but when I do I find it to be idiotic and mindless. I fear Artificial Intelligence because of this...just who is in control of your mind when you get linked in?

The comments also made me think of what would happen if a true psychopath got control,Ted Bundy, Hitler, the list is endless and horrifying. It took me back to high school English and the book: Harrison Bergeron which is a satirical and dystopian science fiction short story written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and first published in October 1961. Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the story was republished in the author's Welcome to the Monkey House collection in 1968. While there is disagreement regarding the political message of this short story, it has become known to raise questions about social equality.[ http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Bergeron

Comment by Daniel young on March 4, 2012 at 5:55am

Who is spinning the information that is streaming into my brain now ?

Through my senses, I navigate reality. All of the above are streaming their information directly to our brains by means of eyes and ears.

Thank goodness for rationality.

Comment by Richard ∑wald on March 4, 2012 at 1:42am

The singularity is near...



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