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Reply: Sat Feb 27 2016 21:46:20 GMT-0500 (EST)
Reply To: The Enlightenment is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement
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The final blow to the Enlightenment will come when we build into our machines the power to learn, adapt, create and evolve.
This is my concern. We are children playing with power tools -- blithely unaware of the havoc we might wreak.
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Children do wreak havoc. They also create and inspire wonder. Omelettes and eggs and all that.
Chris, I like the poignant analogy but I think that your concern is everyone's concern. The question is whether or not we can build cultures and institutions that allow us to utilize "power tools" to engender flourishing, while simultaneously safe-guarding us against mailce and folly.
my concern is the our culture acceleration. the negative impact of power is mitigated by slowing down and retaining a committment to diligence. the current paradigm existentially forces this dangerous acceleration because we are all absolutely aware that if "i don't get it done first" somebody will sweep in tomorrow at take the cake.
I think competition can be allowed to persist so long as it is counterbalanced by institutions whose purpose it is to ensure that it does not give way to wrecklessness. For example, if the EPA was even close to as robust an organization as the FDA, fracking with chemical leakage would unlikely have ever made it to market. I share your concerns but see them less as a problem stemming from competition, and more as a political shortcoming resulting in an inability to appropriately regulate markets.