Genetic, Robotic And Nanotech

Written by Robert Baird

Decision Time: Genetic, Robotic and Nano-Opportunities:

There is an abundance of technological threats and/or opportunities that mankind has before him. Whether or not there is an ethical basis upon which we might effectively utilize these technologies is something that worries many serious students of our species. The head ofrepparttar Club of Rome says we do not even have terminologies for common concepts or words that cross ethnic and cultural borders. (1) Hobbes and other Platonic hierarchy types throughout history would argue that there is no good reason to think mankind can be responsible enough to get over ‘beating his chest’ in headlong pursuit of his ego driven or Machiavellian ‘appeals to base human urges’. (Il Principe)

We can wireheadrepparttar 137365 masses and make them all quite happy but we seem more interested in giving them pharmacological lobotomies according to Breggins and Cohen. We could do whatrepparttar 137366 movie The Day The Earth Stood Still showed alien species had done withrepparttar 137367 robots to enforce peace. We could ensure free access to gene therapy and extendrepparttar 137368 life of all people till they can live to be as old as nine hundred years without parts replacement. According to some researchers this goal will be achieved byrepparttar 137369 year 2070 but it would necessitate changes in reproductive rights unless we are to make a concerted effort to start colonizing space soon. The decisions carry many downsides as well as upsides butrepparttar 137370 discussions don’t seem to be happening and we continue to train people for harmful or soon to be outmoded jobs. This article cannot address allrepparttar 137371 facts or factors but we must startrepparttar 137372 process.

Bill Joyrepparttar 137373 Killjoy:

The March/April 2000 issue of Wired Magazine article byrepparttar 137374 noted expert in technology who developed Java and was a founder of Sun Microsystems made more than a little impact inrepparttar 137375 editorial coverage for a few weeks in my local newspaper. He warned us about genetic engineering that could end life on earth without pointing out thatrepparttar 137376 Israelis are trying to target their enemies with a genetic ethnic bomb. Perhaps he was not aware they are working on that but he was a part ofrepparttar 137377 SALT talks. The most important thing he brought torepparttar 137378 attention of readers wasrepparttar 137379 prediction that by 2035 humanity will be redundant inrepparttar 137380 performance of most jobs.

He quoted experts in many fields of endeavor and I agreed with him thatrepparttar 137381 dumping of human memory into sentient robots will not includerepparttar 137382 soul as people like Gary Hillis think. His sometimes debating partner Ray Kurzweil goes further (2) and speaks of even more rapid acceleration of technology. Not long after Joy’s article hitrepparttar 137383 stands we had NEC labs in Princeton, N. J. tell us they measured 300X light speed in a cesium chamber. Then camerepparttar 137384 US Army letting out faster than light information transfer contracts through Mr. Everitt in Durham, N. C. by November of that year. (3) The European attempt to reach Mars includes Ion Propulsion which can accelerate infinitely pastrepparttar 137385 speed of light. Quantum Teleporting was a cover story in Scientific American aroundrepparttar 137386 same time and yetrepparttar 137387 uninformed so-called ‘experts’ often deny many possibilities that relate thereto. I personally believe that a combination of Virtual Reality technology, Holography and nanotechnology will allow a form of time travel for complex systems despite what Hawking said. Hawking said they know time travel exists in small particles.

There are many exciting potentials just aroundrepparttar 137388 corner in many diverse fields that Joy and Kurzweil are not even expert in. Neurotechnology and implants or prosthetics headsrepparttar 137389 list of my personal concerns. When I was an active participant on a Neuroscience forum recently I discovered these people have no moral idea ofrepparttar 137390 implications of their work. Transhumanism (4) and Bostrom’s association that is relatively new already is fraught with fraud charges by other directors. Many of these people actually think it would serverepparttar 137391 universe best if robots replace humans entirely. I can’t arguerepparttar 137392 logic against that perspective when I look at power-mongering and mud-slinging inrepparttar 137393 bureaucracies called democratic in media owned by Synarchists. But I implore people to wake up before it is too late. We must participate and insistrepparttar 137394 technologies andrepparttar 137395 future use of them are done forrepparttar 137396 Greater Good of all life on earth.

Can You Afford Not To Look After Your Personal Finances?

Written by Mika Hamilton

Investing is a subject a lot of people don’t want to think about. And there is good reason for that. Investing seems scary. It either sounds like something onlyrepparttar rich do or something that only a skilled professional can do. Butrepparttar 137335 truth is that investing is something that everyone can and should do—as soon as possible.

Why should you start now?

Think about this. There are two ways to make money. You can exchange your time for money or you can make your money work for you. Most of us work 40 hours a week. In this case, you are trading your time for money. But wouldn’t you rather earn more than you are making? If you are making $1,000, wouldn’t you rather be earning $5,000? Most people thinkrepparttar 137336 only way to earn more is to work more. Work overtime is their motto! But there is more to life than working. Investing gives yourepparttar 137337 chance to let your money work for you—saving you time and earning you money.

But isrepparttar 137338 purpose of investing to get rich?

Some people don’t invest because they think that investing is something you do to get rich. They figure they’ll never earn enough to get rich, so why bother. But that’s not what investing is for. Investing is a way for you to be able to maintain your current lifestyle.

Think about this: what ifrepparttar 137339 company you worked for suddenly closed down? What are you going to do when you get to retirement? Sometimes working more is not a viable option. Investing gives you another source of savings and earning income. You don’t invest to become a multi-millionaire (of course no one would stop you if that happens); you invest so that you can provide for yourself inrepparttar 137340 way you are accustomed to both before and after retirement.

Many people are convinced that investing isrepparttar 137341 right thing to do at this point, but, there are some misconceptions people have about investing that prevents them from actually doing it. These misconceptions are that:

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