Digital technologies are often touted for their transformative potential. The Internet has made a massive amount of information easily accessible to its users, social media provides new ways of connecting, rebelling and keeping in touch, while digitization means that you can carry a whole bookshelf worth of books in your pocket. 4,146 more words
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Popular culture is lousy with tales of techno-science escaping human control. And as these stories — involving rebelling robots, murderous artificial intelligence systems, and genetically modified chimeras on a warpath – testify, the results of these creations breaking their human made shackles is rarely particularly good for humanity. 2,916 more words
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One could be easily forgiven for thinking that the present is a troubling time to be human.
The specter of catastrophic climate change looms larger by the week, rapidly appearing technological advances threaten to destabilize societies that already look quite unstable, while individuals come to feel ever more entangled with their various techno-gizmos.