Tag Archives: tech

digital-consciousness

A Case for Death:
The Tyrannical Nightmare of Digitized Consciousness

Like many millennials, I feel a societal expectation that I’m bound to eagerly accept just about any groundbreaking thing remotely resembling a new technological convenience: apps to help me focus, trackers to help me get more fit, an Amazon Alexa blinking in my living room, recording my every word. However, technologists like Ray Kurzweil are […]

usa-censorship

The Blocked Forum: State and Cultural Censorship in the Modern World (Guest Post)

by Carla at The Right Side of Truth Censorship is a first step towards a totalitarian dystopia and the total reign of ignorance. No matter how good intentions might be, Americans, and everyone else around the world, must remain vigilant to the ever-more concerted efforts to censor information and ideas, regardless of how disagreeable they […]

Human Cyborg

CNN: Total Dependence on Tech = Superhumanity

An article in CNN yesterday carries this headline: Cyborg anthropologist: We can all be superhuman. The definition of being “superhuman,” according to the author – a “Cyborg Anthropologist” – is inextricably tied to dependence on tech. Tech, she says, makes us all superhuman. However, she then goes on to describe a world of human cyborgs […]

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Consumed By Our Creation: AI, Nanotechnology and Existential Risk in the Age of the Singularity

With the proposal to open a “Center for Study of Existential Risk” at Cambridge University, news media are reporting on the possibility that humans may someday produce machines capable of acting on their own and ultimately seeing humanity as a resource threat or, at the very least least, a nuisance. This kind of “science fiction” […]

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Consumer Tech: The Giddy Bride of the Military-Industrial-Security Complex

We all know the power of tech for changing the world, and there’s no doubt that it can provide incredible tools for activists, organizers, and other enemies of authoritarian oppression. Videos of government crackdowns, police brutality and other injustices can go viral and spread like wildfire, Twitter users can give live updates of protests and […]