As if I wasn't already worried enough about the negative sociological effects of approaching the Singularity, Comcast comes out with these:
For those who don't know anything about it, "The Singularity" is a theoretical point in the near future at which, depending upon your definition, our technological inventions will surpass us in intelligence, we will be thoroughly integrated into our surrounding technology and it into us, or we will experience a quantum leap in technological advances so unlike anything that we have seen before that it will transform our very understanding of what it means to be human.
Poke around at the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Ray Kurzweil's site, or the Acceleration Watch. If you're interested, you can become a full blown Transhumanist as you work towards a Transhuman future.
Or just Google it on your hand-held wireless device using hands-free voice recognition software while your car parallel parks itself.
There is a huge part of me that wants to to form some sort of Christian Neo-Luddite movement in response to this - start smashing Bluetooth devices in the streets or something. Or sometimes I want to do what Wendell Berry did - move away from it all and bide the end on some self-sustaining farm in the upper South, growing beets organically and killing chickens with an ax ground at a human powered wheel.
On the other hand, leading advocates of continuing down this technological path as far as we can will counter, "Which medical advances that we already have would you roll the clock back on?"
And that's a tough question. Every critique of rapidly developing technology faces that huge intellectual hurdle. Which cure would you deny humanity? Which technology? Which advantage? And why?
So ... can we just accept technological progress towards functional immortality? Towards a point at which we move beyond the restraints of biological existence? Should we?
If you could download your neural net into a non-biological humanoid ... would you?
What was once science fiction can no longer be so easily dismissed. How do you think about technological advancement and the future?
If you have some time and you haven't already done so, read what Sun Microsystems founder Bill Joy had to say about some of these problems in an article for Wired magazine.
Thanks to my sister Jodi at Highchair Theology for putting me on to the jingles.