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If your kid came home and told you she was planning to marry a robot, would you be accepting? Do you think the possibility of such is just folly? The author of this piece thinks we should take it seriously.
Guess Who’s Rolling to Dinner
August 13, 2011 by Mark Brady
In the 1967 movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy have their white, liberal views tested when their daughter brings home Sidney Poitier as her new fiancé. Well, many parents raising children today are going to have their own views and values put to a similar test in the not too distant future. Only this time it won’t be a fiancé of a different color, he or she will be of a different techno-biological persuasion. Welcome to the singular world of … Loveotics.
Many parents already struggle with how much time their kids spend on the computer playing video games, living a Second Life and social networking. Just imagine what it’s going to be like when Johnny or Jane calls and breaks the news: they’ve decided to marry a bot. Sounds pretty far-fetched, doesn’t it? So do many developments in today’s world until we begin to raise our head and our consciousness and begin to look around. And then drill down into specifics and discover astonishing developments going on that we were completely unaware of.
How does the Internet change the way I think? It puts me in the present tense. It’s as if my cognitive resources are shifted from my hard drive to my RAM. That which is happening right now is valued, and everything in the past or future becomes less relevant.
The Internet pushes us all toward the immediate. The now. Every inquiry is to be answered right away, and every fact or idea is only as fresh as the time it takes to refresh a page…
This is quite an impressive series of articles from The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. There’s a link at the bottom of this web clip that takes you to the other pieces in the series, so far. Good reading.
INSIDE: Interactive map with video
FARGO – Fifteen years ago, Laetitia Mizero found herself once again a refugee in her own country.
, June 11, 2011
By the end of this year the world’s seven billionth citizen will be born. The latest United Nations population estimates, out this week, say the global population will reach 10bn in the next 90 years.
According to the UN Population Division‘s best-case ‘medium’ estimate – and you can see the original report here – it will take 13 years to add the eighth billion, 18 years to add the ninth billion and 40 years to reach the tenth billion.