15th September 2003 - Why the future doesn't need us

Today I read a very interesting article: "Why the future doesn't need us" by Bill Joy. Until recently, Joy was one of the leading architects at Sun, thus is one of the major capacities in the IT industry.

In this article from April 2000, Joy explores the evolutionary challenges humans face as IT is becoming increasingly capable through artificial intelligence and robotics. These disciplines in combination with nano-technology could pose a threat to humans, either in the hands of mad-men or as a simple survival of the fittest evolution.

The article in general is highly provocative; but it voices a number of relevant issues around the potential ethical and practical problems that are implicated with new technological leaps in these areas in particular. Joy compares the application of nuclear science in weapons and power plants to this; but whereas nuclear science requires highly specialized materials, the application of at least artificial intelligence and robotics does not.

A highly recommendable article for those of us who like a good techno-provocation ;-)

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