Societies face questions, tough questions some times. We’re going to have more moral and ethical questions ahead of us that can’t even be imagined. But there’s some that I can. And here’s some, provided we don’t wipe ourselves out first.
The Sexual Machine
What are we going to do in the future when robots, externally indiscernible from humans, start being used as sexual devices? Will it be ‘prostitution’ if your husband (or wife) goes out with or ‘rents’ a robot to have sex? And what about little girl and boy robot models, made with that intent in mine? That was hinted at in the movie “A.I.” when the “pleasure robot” is talking to the child-bot, telling him “they make ones like you to do things like me” (I might be paraphrasing that a bit.) Will it be considered potential abuse or masturbation by machine? Will it, as some will claim, reduce human child predation by giving pedophiles an outlet for their perverted desire? Or will they outlaw the making of such robots and risk the wrath of capitalistic desire – telling companies what to do?
I can ‘see’ some religious freaks gettin’ their hate on – hating these men who produce the machines – any of them. Bombing their factories, destroying robots (or androids) that are found . . . there’s going to be throw back and lash back against the machines that look “too much” like a man . . . or when they start producing them and “pimping” them out . . .
Just where does human intelligence end and the machine begin?
That’s going to become a question asked as augmentation surgery comes in.
Imagine a planet with everyone ‘wired’ on it – a huge central ‘intelligence’ – a massively diverse set of servers. You get your retinal implants when you’re a kid; you were ‘chipped’ from birth with and I.D. tag and a medical monitoring device (as well as a GPS locator, but we’ve already got that one) – as well as having music (and phone and ‘radio’ – whatever that is) – piped through your jawbone, if not your mastoid process – an embedded ‘mic’ somewhere down by the larynx – and the ability to ‘see’ things as if on a screen before you. Close your eyes if you wanna watch a movie – with the proper ‘setup’ and implants you can have noise cancelling devices . . .
Giving Up The Car Keys – and your license, too.
No one’s gonna drive. Or at least functionally no one. As autonomous cars (recently debuted in California) become more popular the number people who know how to drive is going to go down until the only ones who know how to driver will be EMS vehicles and people in the military. Eventually it’ll become illegal a common citizen to do so – “too dangerous”, they’ll rule.
And away will go the gas pedal, and the steering wheel, too.
I figure our grandchildren’s great-grandchildren will be as ignorant about driving as most folks are about riding a horse. They would look at you like you were crazy if you put them behind the wheel of a car . . .
What about Driver’s Licenses? When you have a self-driving car, do you need one? And if that goes away, what about our standard form of identification today?
You’re gonna “want” to get chipped, my friend. Face it. (sighing) ID Cards are going to go the way of handwritten checks in the end . . . the “internet” will be able to identify friend from foe by just pointing a camera (or by this time, your eye) – at them . . .
And what about age limits? Could a eight year old be allowed to ‘drive’ a car by simply giving orders to it, aka “Take me over to grandma’s house, but I wanna ice cream on the way.”? The child is ‘safe’ (technically speaking) . . . but whoa . . .
That’s one of the questions that’s gonna be asked. Cuz’ what if the child says “I want to run away.”
Here’s one that’s right around the corner . . . and talk about your invasion of privacy! . . .
What are they gonna due when terrorists start wiring medical devices (think pacemaker types of items) inside someone wired to plastic explosives – not in their asses, but located subdermally in someone’s gut? How are we gonna ‘scan’ for those?
For starters a terrorist could stick a pack of explosives and a cell phone up his butt, they’ve gotten so small . . .
It used to be flying was so fun. We never thought it would become a horror (that comes from lack of sight). I wanted it so much to be ‘fun’ . . .
Perhaps personal aviation will take off; however, I doubt it. At least not for a long time. It costs too much in terms of ‘energy’ to keep something afloat AND push it along at the same time. Defeat that (and the current battery tech limits) and you could be a millionaire . . . but it’s gotta be safe . . .
And that’s something that I see coming: bigger and more ‘involved’ government as people demand (no – “instruct”) that their government(s) keep them safe . . .
We’ll see. But that for another post that’s coming someday.
Immortal . . . sorta
Ever since they’ve started to view aging more as a disease than a natural event scientists have discovered a lot of things, mostly in genetics. It looks like “we” might be able to live 120 to 140 years (or more) later on down the future (provided we don’t wipe ourself out). With the rapid advances in genetics, and promising developments in artificial organs (the “rotary heart” is one) – there’s a chance you might be able to live on longer . . .
If you can afford to.
And so that’s going to become another ethics question: who’s to live and who’s to die. Those with the money of course will live. The rest of us? I don’t know. With the “rich vs. poor” divisions in society . . . well, we’ll see. Or our children will.
Something to think about,
Just like the Future will always be.