A handful of futurists, philosophers, and technophiles think we are approaching what they get in touch with the singularity ”: a point in time when clever machines became substantially smarter, stronger, and faster than their creators, and then become self-conscious. If there’s any likelihood of this occurring, it is worthwhile to ponder the consequences. But we do already, all the time—in existentially bleak scenarios like Blade Runner, the Terminator series, the rebooted Battlestar Galactica (and its failed prequel Caprica).
If Asimov have been alive currently, he would have by no means approved the I, Robot script. That film is an insult to his memory. His heroes manage hard circumstances with their brains, not with physical prowess and a loud mouth. I saw Will Smith confess he had never even read an Isaac Asimov book and is not a scifi fan. He is also an awful actor who tends to make horrible motion pictures. The I, Robot movie tends to make me angry – See Bicentennial Man to better know what Asimov is all about.
Ah, lone77star, you peak my interest with factors like Plato noting the egotistical behavior of the inhabitants of Atlantis and other issues involving ego versus our homo sapiens physique, but you lose me on the timeline. I assume you’re really significantly on the appropriate track conceptually, but the timeline you happen to be referring to doesn’t operate for numerous motives. The most glaring is the bit I referred to in an earlier post about your timeline putting Abraham’s lifespan as being thousands of years ahead of either the Sumerians or the Egyptians existed, although it’s mentioned that his father was from the Sumerian city of Ur and that he had dealings with an Egyptian pharaoh.
All of the media businesses are commercial, but the other ones have a tendency to have a greater percentage of dollars that comes from amusement parks, film sales, books-issues that never rely directly on advertising. Viacom is straight an advertising-connected corporation. They’ve taken American radio and just about single-handed turned it into a 24-hour infomercial on just about every station. And that’s their genius. The head of Viacom and Sumner Redstone are all about maximizing commercial return. They make that quite clear. And if you appear at MTV in that context, you get a sense of what they are all about.
In other words, the details-providing function of the schools was rendered obsolete a lengthy time ago. For some purpose, a lot more than a few technophiles (like Perelman) have just noticed this and are, in some cases, driven to favor eliminating our schools altogether. They err in this, I believe, for a couple of causes. 1 is that their notion of what schools are for is rather limited. Schools are not now and in fact have never been largely about getting facts to youngsters. That has been on the schools’ agenda, of course, but has usually been way down on the list.