Saturday, March 21, 2015

Convergence: The Inevitability Factor II

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The Inevitability Factor is an almost sure bet with regards to future events. Another way of looking at this is "a sure outcome," or "a planned meeting with destiny." I base my sense of inevitability on what we might now call Trending.

In my last blog post entitled Convergence: The Inevitability Factor, we briefly discussed the issue of the migration of technology into the human body.

Ask Kevin Warwick to look ahead a hundred years and predict where we are headed as a species, and he does not hesitate.

"The only future I can see," says the cybernetics professor at the University of Reading, England, "is one where there are perhaps humans as we know them today, but we also have the cyborg entity — the part human, part machine, with all different varieties." (click here)

Note: you can listen to Ari Daniel Shapiro's audio program by clicking on the previous link.

There are people who have invented chips to insert into the human body. These chips are capable of being joined to the human body, to the brain, for an assortment of reasons.

A human microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit device or RFID transponder encased in silicate glass and implanted in the body of a human being. A subdermal implant typically contains a unique ID number that can be linked to information contained in an external database, such as personal identification, medical history, medications, allergies, and contact information. (click here)

If you've not heard of this before I'm sure it sounds preposterous. And even if you have caught wind of these coming events, it's becoming pretty plain to anyone who keeps an ear to the ground on tech trends that this is becoming more likely every day as technology moves forward at breakneck speed.

It's man's infatuation with high-tech gadgets that makes this migration inevitable and certain. We can determine that simply by observing the trend over time. We snatch up technologies that not only defy our past as well as our better sense, but we embrace it to the point of being extreme.

Cell phones are a good example:

...there’s a huge public health crisis looming from one particular threat: EMR from cellular phones—both the radiation from the handsets and from the tower-based antennas carrying the signals—which studies have linked to development of brain tumors, genetic damage, and other exposure-related conditions. Yet the government and a well-funded cell phone industry media machine continue to mislead the unwary public about the dangers of a product used by billions of people. Most recently, a Danish epidemiological study announced to great fanfare the inaccurate conclusion that cell phone use is completely safe. (click here)
We've heard these allegations before, and yet look at all the children, our children, who are using cell phones every single day! We know there's a danger deep in our hearts, and yet we choose to believe those who tell us they are not dangerous--the very people who have all the reason in the world to lie to us--MONEY!

Another example is the possible cause of so much of the violence we see around us, especially violence perpetuated by children at public schools:

Two recently published studies show that prolonged exposure to gratuitous violence in the media can escalate subsequent hostile behaviors and, among some viewers, foster greater acceptance of violence as a means of conflict resolution. (click here)
Again, even though we know there is danger in viewing violent content, we continue to watch violence and we allow our children to do so, too. What on earth is wrong with us?

And so, I submit to you that the progress of technology is constant and inevitable. Could mankind stop it even if he wanted to? The fact is, most of us feel helpless to change its course. It's almost like there's an unseen force at work, moving men and women to do the things they do, to create and engineer the wonders that we see coming forth from the bowels of inventiveness on a daily basis. (One day I'll share with you my thoughts on what this unseen force is.)

This is inevitability at its height and there's nothing on earth we can do to stop it, or is there?

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