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Comment 4 by KenChimp :

Comment 1 by [Edited by moderator to remove quote of deleted post]

Huh?

Any technology can be used for purposes most would consider "good" or for purposes most would consider "evil". Technology itself is not "good" or "evil". It is all in how we use it and why we do so.

What do you mean when you say sinful commitments?

In my opinion, this represents a classic example of how human beings overcome all obstacles in their quest to explore and change their world in accordance with their own "will".

That, my friend, is the only magic there is or ever need be. Regardless of whether you envision a future with giant death robots controlled by individual human thought through electromagnetic transceivers, or human beings controlled like slave drones by other human beings (or machines) through the same, or whether you envision cybernetic prosthetics allowing physically crippled people to move in ways their disability prevents today, and allowing all humans, crippled or uncrippled alike, to move in ways we can only imagine doing today, such as running at 100 km per hour, or being able to reach a third story balcony with a single, standing high jump. Or perhaps prosthetics which replace the crude "companion" prosthetics we have today such as artificial heart pace makers, or kidney dialysis machines. Imagine those with chronic renal failure who no longer have to struggle with dialysis treatments, but who have artificial kidneys controlled by their own bodies through the same natural communication means the body uses with its natural kidneys. All of this made possible by such cybernetic technology as these transistors.

There is nothing inherently sinister here. But human beings are more than capable of being their own demons.....or angels. Those are the only angels and demons that exist......at least on this planet. Who knows what bizarre and perhaps sinister or benevolent (if only in initial human perception) life forms there are elsewhere?

By the way, I wasn't "born into sin". I'm not Semitic, and therefore not a descendant of the "Biblical" Adam and Eve. I'm descended from the "Other" people who existed in Europe already at the time discussed in "Genesis" as the beginning of humanity in 4004 BCE.

;-P

This article, and those like it, remind me of the recently released Deus Ex: Human Revolution. This computer game has a very well thought out story line that ought to be made into film, or even better, extended to book form to explore more ideas (albeit, the game has a lot of text and dialogue). Since "Comment 1" has effectively been removed, I can only assume what the contents were, but based on the responses thus far, it's probably quasi-religious or purely religious babble about things which the author's "holy" books mention only via metaphorical (clearly not literal) allusion. In any event, how much should science be given blame for what 'evil-good' doers, or just evil doers in general, create or use technology for? In the pursuit of knowledge, knowledge that has improved life more than it has harmed it (asserted without being able to appropriately quantify this at this given moment), there will be those who abuse that knowledge. This seems an obvious assertion backed up by simple observations over time. I know of no real way to circumvent or defend against this, nor do I know of a perfect way to defend against the mistaken use of information which leads to harm; that is, the misuse of information due to misinterpretation or lack of sufficiency of information to make a 'better' educated decision. This of course, must take into consideration ethical forms of science, of course. However, considering our scientific ethics have changed over time, perhaps this arena needs to be addressed?

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