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The information age
    #3384205 - 11/19/04 02:24 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Never before have humans had access to such a vast amount of information as we do now through the Internet. I mean a couple of minutes searching using google you can find the recipe for sarin gas and will know how to make any number of mind altering substances. Will all this information have a positive or detrimental effect on society? is controlling this form of media (as with every other form of media) the next step on the 'free' America's agenda? They say ignorance is bliss, so does this information age mean less happiness and more depression? Humans try to make there lives easier but in doing so just make things more complicated i mean in nomadic times was life so much simpler. I guess what I'm trying to say here is do you think the information age will bring about more than technological ideas, do you think it will bring about a new age of consciousness a better understanding of our fellow man and what humanity really needs rather that what humanity wants? I'm sorry if this post makes no sense or I'm just talking BS to you but i would appreciate your opinion on this matter.


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Re: The information age [Re: nick_hopton]
    #3384238 - 11/19/04 02:30 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

It is an interesting problem... information overload. As the internet grows, the world gets smaller and smaller. Can mankind mature enough to prevent armageddon before the unethical use of technology kills us all off? Time will tell, but if history is any indication, I don't have a lot of hope for our future.


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Re: The information age [Re: Seuss]
    #3384352 - 11/19/04 02:56 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I guess what I'm trying to say here is do you think the information age will bring about more than technological ideas, do you think it will bring about a new age of consciousness a better understanding of our fellow man and what humanity really needs rather that what humanity wants?

I've been wondering, after coming accross the concept of the "Vingian Singularity", if the Internet is progressing towards a form of artificial intelligence. We could be acting as a super-large "brain" of sorts.

A brain is a large interconnected network of neurons, each of which is capable of making a "decision" based on the input provided.

The internet is a large interconnected network of people, each of which is capable of making decisions based on the input provided.

Will the internet, and the users connected to it, "wake up" one day and become conscious on a large scale? Interesting idea :wink:


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Re: The information age [Re: trendal]
    #3384385 - 11/19/04 03:05 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

hehe, my body was born in 1983, was that when Internet was born?
still remember first time i heard of mp3's back in 1995?

The information age.- got a nice ring now doesn't it? :laugh:


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Re: The information age [Re: nick_hopton]
    #3384405 - 11/19/04 03:11 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

""Will all this information have a positive or detrimental effect on society?""

sniffed the word? in-form-ation

en-1 or em- or in-
pref.

To put into or onto: encapsulate.
To go into or onto: enplane.
To cover or provide with: enrobe.
To cause to be: endear.
Thoroughly. Used often as an intensive: entangle.


-form-
n.

The shape and structure of an object.
The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal considered separately from the face or head; figure.


-ation
suff.

Action or process: strangulation.
The result of an action or process: acculturation.
State, condition, or quality of: eburnation.


get it? sniff? hehe, just kidding :P I am a kid? :P


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Re: The information age [Re: Gomp]
    #3384417 - 11/19/04 03:14 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Interesting trendal, the Internet as the future of our evolution. Similar to the Borg from star trek.


Edited by nick_hopton (11/19/04 03:16 PM)


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Re: The information age [Re: nick_hopton]
    #3384426 - 11/19/04 03:17 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I plan on being one of the first in line to have my consciousness uploaded into a computer.

Bring on the Transhumanism! :wink:


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Re: The information age [Re: trendal]
    #3384452 - 11/19/04 03:25 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

what if you have done it already? :P hihi
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Re: The information age [Re: Gomp]
    #3384699 - 11/19/04 04:21 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Well I hope I would still be able to retain my concept of Self and understand that I used to be a "mere human" :wink:


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Re: The information age [Re: nick_hopton]
    #3384718 - 11/19/04 04:24 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Evolution requires advancement or death.

In this case me thinks it will lead to our death.


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Re: The information age [Re: Fucknuckle]
    #3384729 - 11/19/04 04:27 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Evolution requires advancement or death.

No, it just requires death. As one species dies off, others will rise to fill in the niche left in the ecosystem.

Humans will become extinct, I bet, at some distant point in the future. It could happen a lot sooner if we manage to invent AI...which is why I say I'll be one of the first in line to upload my consciousness into the AI.

I want to take the next step.


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Re: The information age [Re: trendal]
    #3384852 - 11/19/04 04:51 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Yeah I guess that is basicly what I was saying. What you just said.

I would also like to be soaked up into a Computer, please?


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Re: The information age [Re: Fucknuckle]
    #3384869 - 11/19/04 04:53 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

what if you are? :P  :confused: :thumbup:

then you would like to do what you are doing? :P


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