Meshing With Things

This is another reason why making sure people have an inherent say in the evolution of the meshverse is so important

Futurismic links to news elsewhere of the announcement out of Norway of an evolutionary system: a computer capable of designing better hardware for itself.reBang weblog » University of Oslo Announces Evolutionary Hardware

There’s no question that enormous advantages have already come from machine-based processes no humans fully understand. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this as humans benefit from a lot of things in the universe we don’t understand. However, we do need to be mindful of pitfalls we may not be able to get out of. Bits of News says: “An evolution-based robot could find the solution to any problem at hand within seconds without human intervention.” On the surface that seems very inviting but suppose the robots end up deciding that some or all humans are part of the problem and ought to be eliminated or constrained in some way? This doesn’t have to be a doomsday issue, but it won’t simply work itself out if we rush headlong via nanotech into a future we’re clueless about on the hope that machines won’t do things we find unacceptable. OpenID is great for social networks and it’s also good for helping people mesh with things. The more YOU are able to participate in the evolution of the meshverse the better the chances are that it will remain respectful of human rights.



  1. csven said

    My concern is still in a UCAV that evolves through kirkyan methods.

    The autonomy is well on its way. The virtualization is also in progress. The Littoral combat ship is ready to be the platform for them. RP’d versions have already flown and new 3D knitting systems are undoubtedly being put in place to create seamless, composite fuselages (and housings). This sort of evolutionary hardware thing completes the triangle.

    Yep. We could easily create the tech that will wipe humanity out all on its own in my lifetime.

  2. Laurence said

    I agree kirkyan UCAV’s are potentially very dangerous and I’ve mentioned elsewhere that 3D printing is here now. We should be very concerned about how fast this is evolving. However, these spread at a pace that can be reeled back in to a very large extent by cutting off the supply of materials and power. As much as I love The Matrix we won’t be turned into batteries! However, genetic/MEMS/nanotech situations are another story altogether. Less widely discussed and perhaps even more problematic is the subject of humans augmented with advanced technology. People who are often shunned/mistreated/victimized by the broader society currently make up the bulk of the early adopters. Understanding what capabilities they are developing and how they co-exist with strictly biological humans ain’t trivial.

  3. csven said

    Agree. For all we know there’s another Cincinnati radiation situation brewing as we speak.

    btw, I assume you follow Jamais Cascio’s blog “Open the Future”. Excellent stuff.

  4. Laurence said

    I’d been following WorldChanging but hadn’t gotten to Jamais’s blog – thanks, it is very much worthwhile.

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