Future Morality Questions

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 Keysand 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.

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JW is an adult childhood abuse survivor with DID*. He grew up in a violent family devoid of love and affection. He is a military brat and veteran. He no longer struggles with that past. In 1976 JW began writing "The Boy". It took 34 years to complete. It is currently on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3IVKK ), or if you prefer hard copy, on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Boy-J-W/dp/1461022681). JW resides somewhere in the deep South. He is disabled and living with family. Note: Please feel free to take what you need; all is free to all. With that in mind, keep it that way to others. Thank you. We have 3 Blogs - One for our younger days, 0-10 (The Little Shop of Horrors); one for our Teen Alter and his 'friends' (also alters) with a lot of poetry; and finally "my" own, the Song of Life (current events and things)
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6 Responses to Future Morality Questions

  1. Mustang.Koji says:

    Very visionary… But I feel “outcomes” will vary by not just country but by state if it were America…and thusly who “lives or dies” will not be determined by money, in my humble opinion.

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    • jeffssong says:

      I sincerely hope you are right, honorable Sir, however, already the issues of life or death are already being determined by how much money you have. Medicare, sadly, is one where options are limited and some cases denied based on money and not what you need.

      Should a person’s wealth, power, or influence determine whether they live or die? This question is going to come up again and again – and more as medical tech advances, along with the cost for the more radical cures. There are questions regarding ‘retirement” and “social security” when a person can expect to live 120 or more – do they deserve them?

      But there is light at the end of the tunnel. As ‘cures’ become more popular they become more available, and it becomes a case of supply and demand – witness the tech of MRI machines or Da Vinci surgical robots. At first the scans (and machines) were prohibitively high, rare, and hard to find. Now they are becoming more common – and they’ve had to “lower the price” to bring the patients in.

      Eventually I hope (and assume) that we’ll have a global economy and government and things will level out again. But between now and then the availability of high tech / high cost medical care may result in a greater division between rich and poor and animosity by one group towards another, as we’ve seen historically happen again and again.

      I appreciate your thoughts and opinions, Mustang – all are of great value. To me, anyway. After all – I’m always interested and looking for new/different angles to things – and the differences you suggested may depend on how the issues of State rights goes vs. Federal Government – in the near future, anyway.

      Good to hear from you, BTW.

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  2. Noel says:

    This reminds me of Singularity. All of what you wrote about is very possible, if it hasn’t started yet. We humans will gradually be replaced by machines. This may be a positive thing for those of us who perform dangerous and mundane tasks (working in constructions, in war battles, maintenance., factories, etc) . Or very bad for us (superior intelligence) However, unless humans are just organics machines without souls, we will never be truly replaced….

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    • jeffssong says:

      To me the greater question suggested by your comment is not whether an “augmented” or bionic human will retain a soul (I’m sure they will)- but whether a machine can develop one. Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds as we discover more about how a human thinks and learns and programs are in development to “teach machines to learn like we do”, some through observation, reading, trial and error. So the question may be “Can a machine develop a soul?” – because these ‘learning machines’ will learn questions about ethics and morality. Let’s just pray that we teach them to be “good”.

      As for replacing a species – any of them: each is unique, created by God’s hand. Even if He just “set the ball in motion” and sat back to watch the dance of molecules and atoms develop into what we are today – each one is unique. And that goes for the individuals of each species, too.

      Of course you are talking to someone who believes that even a lowly ant has a soul; albeit a little bitty one . . . prized none the less by our lord.

      Perhaps our ‘job’ as human beings IS to create new forms of life, since (to me) – life is a celebration of god’s soul & more.

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  3. Michael says:

    I once told my daughter that someday her phone will be just like my IPAQ and she will be able to access the internet. She will communicate on the phone and it will be a big advantage to know how to use it effectively. She told me no way that was going to happen.

    Her phone now recognizes her and turns on when it sees her and shuts off if she can not. She no longer has a computer as she can use her phone. She works away from her office about 50% of the time. It is all on the phone and computers she borrows.

    On the other hand since humans have been living in one place and not nomads we have not figured out how to deal with human waste.

    Beware false prophets they make prophecies. Smile

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