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Chris Oestereich 2/28/2016
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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. In doing so, we will give them the power to surpass us, to shape the world and themselves in ways that we never could have imagined. We have already given our institutions the ability to act on our behalf, and we are destined to have the same uneasy balance of power with our machines. We will make the same attempts to build in checks and balances, to keep their goals aligned with ours. We will face similar challenges. In doing so we need to move far away from the understandable logic of Enlightenment thinking, into something more complicated. We will worry less about the unpredictable forces of nature than about the unpredictable behaviors of our own constructions.
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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Ravi Heugle 3/11/2016
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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.
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Matthew Shaw 3/10/2016
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Children do wreak havoc. They also create and inspire wonder. Omelettes and eggs and all that.
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Aaron Rosier 3/11/2016
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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.
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Ravi Heugle 3/11/2016
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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.