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Understanding Our Technological Future



Arnell Dowret

Equal Time For Freethought

Posted: Jul 3, 2011

Dr. J. joined host Arnell Dowret on WBAI’s Equal Time for Freethought on July 2, 2011:

Humans are inextricably linked to the technology we create, and the technology we create in turn shapes us.  In the next few decades a confluence of high technologies including nano-tech, bio-tech, info-tech, and cognitive science will bring humankind into territory previously unimagined, and largely still unimaginable.

Future technologies may empower human kind to eliminate or significantly reduce the serious existential threats we presently face such as environmental collapse, nuclear disaster, and worldwide pandemic.  On the other hand, our new technologies themselves could bring an entirely new set of challenges with which we will have to struggle.


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