The human brain is capable of near infinite understanding… AND complacency. We are not sure of it’s limitations and are amazed at it’s ability to adapt, understand, create, evaluate and seemingly overcome obstacle after obstacle.
But we do this not as individuals, we do this as a collective. We climb on each other’s shoulders reaching for even greater knowledge, understanding, creativity, evaluation and continue to surmount future obstacles that, as individuals, we couldn’t ever hope to overcome.
Well, apart from the myriad of problems associated with questions pertinent of a 10 year old kid, re-asking those questions is sometimes warranted, given the fact that it is a tug-o-war between our idealist and realist selves. We see the world as either how it is or how we want it to be. With that in mind, how do you see not just the industrialising of the 3rd world, but more specifically, the RESULT of this industrialisation having an effect on humanity?
sure there will be more pollution, more competition for business/resources/what have you.
but what about the bright side? are there bright sides to this equation?
we see china and india industrialising… and a lot of brainpower is coming from those areas. i’ve been pleasantly surprised at the number of tech articles and video presentations over the past few months being led by people hailing from that part of the world. from Google’s keynote regarding the Google Chrome OS, to HP’s new line-up of ULPCs, AMD’s foray into the mobile device space with their newer Neo CPU…
In another thread, we see that the world’s population and distribution of wealth is severely skewed. 80% of the wealth is owned by the top 20% of the population. The bottom 40% have a mere 2% of the world’s wealth. How many brilliant minds are there out there? If technological progress is influenced more by brilliant minds working together rather than time and money (even though they obviously are necessary factors) how much quicker will we arrive at breakthroughs in computing, science, biology, nanotechnology… if instead of 60million people earning 60k or more… but 600million people earning 60k or more? leading to more people going to tertiary institutions… having the ability to contribute to Ph.D programs in various fields… pushing the limits of human understanding and technology and innovation?
Instead of waiting 100 years for something to come to fruition, perhaps it can come in a fraction of that time, given the simple fact that more brains, more “amazing” brains, more people, the technology of computers and the internet linking these great minds… and the mental ecosystems that result… forging forward the intelligence of the human species faster and further than ever.
I really want to see cancer cured, life extensions explored, dna not only mapped but studied and developed, the brain explored and understood better - space exploration furthered… and I don’t want to wait till i’m inches away from the grave to see all this. It’s selfish… but being selfish isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Ultimately, we all want to have a better tomorrow…
and having a better more prosperous world may just be one of the keys in making that happen… sooner rather than later, if at all.