Evolution of technology

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#1 Posted by Ariabed (1099 posts) -

Seems like the evolution of technology is increasing so rapidly, I mean there's more tech in cars nowadays. Tv's are improving all the time, you buy an iPhone and next month a new iphone comes out (annoying!!!!!) robotics, hoovers that can go around cleaning up by themselves UAV's etc, where do you see tech going in the next 20-50years? Do you think there will come a point where tech will be at a stand still and can't get any better? Will we become tech with implants and mechanical prosthetics ?

#2 Edited by playmynutz (5925 posts) -

I like the pace of technology

#3 Posted by themajormayor (25649 posts) -

Not going fast enough. It's over 20 years ago we saw anything major like the internet.

#4 Posted by EPICCOMMANDER (378 posts) -

I read awhile ago how a bunch of billionaires (including someone from Google) invested in some asteroid mining venture.

Oh I found the link http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-06/google-backed-asteroid-mining-venture-adds-billionaire-investors.html

If I read this correctly, this venture would be invaluable for a supply of new resources for our ever-dwindling planet.

That would be cool to be able to mine asteroids or space objects for minerals.

#5 Posted by foxhound_fox (86981 posts) -

You think it's going fast now? Try going back a few decades. 2MB to 4MB of hard disk space was revolutionary. People didn't think we'd need more than that.

Now we have personal multi-terabyte drives, and corporations are sitting on petabytes of data.

#6 Posted by lamprey263 (22460 posts) -

hopefully in the next couple decades they develop robotic sex slaves that are virtually indistinguishable from humans

#7 Posted by theone86 (20555 posts) -

Not going fast enough. It's over 20 years ago we saw anything major like the internet.

Fifty years ago we didn't even have personal computers, now we have computers that are ten times as powerful as the first PCs and can be carried anywhere. Before the industrial revolution it would take centuries for technology to advance at a comparable pace. We don't even know as a society how to keep cultural pace with technological development. We don't know how to balance it with ecological needs, we don't know how to balance it with social needs (e.g. distribution of healthcare resources), we don't know how to balance it with rights (e.g. right to privacy). We're already moving at a pace where our ability to deal with technology can't possibly keep up with technological advancement, and you're saying it isn't fast enough.

#8 Posted by SEANMCAD (5464 posts) -

I think its progressing faster than humanity can respond and as someone who is about to retire I find that exciting.

For those who still need to work its important to stay current.

#9 Posted by evildead6789 (6962 posts) -

@SEANMCAD said:

I think its progressing faster than humanity can respond and as someone who is about to retire I find that exciting.

For those who still need to work its important to stay current.

you're retiring?

#11 Posted by moloch999 (125 posts) -

My biggest problem with technology advancing is that it's becoming safer. When things become safer you let them around children more then who knows what can happen.

What happens when robots start getting people pregnant?

#12 Edited by Ariabed (1099 posts) -

@EPICCOMMANDER: Google is gna take over the world.

http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-25927797

#13 Edited by Master_Live (13665 posts) -

Not fast enough until we get the damn flying cars.

#14 Posted by Ariabed (1099 posts) -

@evildead6789: it's true the internet is like a lawless state, it's not very well policed and the fact people can remain anonymous doesn't help. There's cyber bullying to the point of causing suicide, child pornography, you can look up how to build bombs, fraudulent emails and scams etc I think the good out weighs the bad though just slightly.

#15 Edited by Ariabed (1099 posts) -

@foxhound_fox: a few decades ago a hard drive with a few mega bytes would have been the size of a small car, now they have micro sd cards with 16-32 gigs.

#16 Posted by themajormayor (25649 posts) -

@theone86 said:
@themajormayor said:

Not going fast enough. It's over 20 years ago we saw anything major like the internet.

Fifty years ago we didn't even have personal computers, now we have computers that are ten times as powerful as the first PCs and can be carried anywhere. Before the industrial revolution it would take centuries for technology to advance at a comparable pace. We don't even know as a society how to keep cultural pace with technological development. We don't know how to balance it with ecological needs, we don't know how to balance it with social needs (e.g. distribution of healthcare resources), we don't know how to balance it with rights (e.g. right to privacy). We're already moving at a pace where our ability to deal with technology can't possibly keep up with technological advancement, and you're saying it isn't fast enough.

Yes it's suppose to be an exponential growth, doesn't seem like it if it'so long since the internet. There are lots of things that we don't know how to deal with exactly that are older than all this technology. There are lots of old unsolved problems, and these problems will probably also be a matter of dispute for a very very long time. But overall technology improves the life of most people and society as a whole. I don't see your argument here.

#17 Posted by pyro1245 (311 posts) -

I feel like we are being held back. Just look at the latest generation of consoles.

#18 Posted by comp_atkins (31109 posts) -
@ariabed said:

@foxhound_fox: a few decades ago a hard drive with a few mega bytes would have been the size of a small car, now they have micro sd cards with 16-32 gigs.

and are orders of magnitude cheaper, lighter, energy efficient etc..

i read somewhere that in like 2012 the price of 1 grain of rice was equal to the cost of about 125,000 transistors ( assuming an integrated circuit, not discrete devices )

we're pretty much at a point where humans have built more transistors now than anything else in human history... more transistors than letters ever printed on paper, more transistors than kernels of corn ever grown, etc...

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/processors/intel-predicts-1-200-quintillion-transistors-in-the-world-by-2015-1025851

it's an incredible time we're living in. i can't imagine how things will be 20 years from now if things continue at the current pace.

#19 Posted by The-Apostle (12109 posts) -

Not fast enough until we get the damn flying cars.

Here you go!

#20 Edited by Master_Live (13665 posts) -

@pyro1245 said:

I feel like we are being held back. Just look at the latest generation of consoles.

What do you mean?

#21 Posted by pyro1245 (311 posts) -

@pyro1245 said:

I feel like we are being held back. Just look at the latest generation of consoles.

What do you mean?

They're not representative of, or even close to, the 'cutting edge'. That and people seem to resist new technology just because it's expensive or impractical, just look at the whole 4k issue. I've never heard so many people shun something cool. I guess the resistance doesn't really have much of an effect in the long run, hopefully.

#22 Edited by Master_Live (13665 posts) -

@pyro1245 said:
@Master_Live said:

@pyro1245 said:

I feel like we are being held back. Just look at the latest generation of consoles.http://www.gamespot.com/forums/offtopic-discussion-314159273/evolution-of-technology-31142884/?page=1#js-message-20

What do you mean?

That and people seem to resist new technology just because it's expensive or impractical, just look at the whole 4k issue.

Majority don't resist it, they just can't afford it.

#23 Posted by GazaAli (22491 posts) -

Its progressing at an adequate pace but I don't think the world as we know it will make it far enough to be anything like what we have in mind for a futuristic cyberpunk settings where cyborgs, robotics, terraformation and space travel are a reality.

#24 Posted by comp_atkins (31109 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

Its progressing at an adequate pace but I don't think the world as we know it will make it far enough to be anything like what we have in mind for a futuristic cyberpunk settings where cyborgs, robotics, terraformation and space travel are a reality.

well, not in our lifetimes at least, but it will get there

#25 Edited by GazaAli (22491 posts) -

@comp_atkins said:

@GazaAli said:

Its progressing at an adequate pace but I don't think the world as we know it will make it far enough to be anything like what we have in mind for a futuristic cyberpunk settings where cyborgs, robotics, terraformation and space travel are a reality.

well, not in our lifetimes at least, but it will get there

I was referring to the unattainability or improbability of that happening at any stage in future human history. Its very hard to believe that we'll be able to maintain current human civilization for another 100 years, let alone making it to such futuristic civilization with unprecedented technological advancements. I can argue that resources are being depleted faster than science and technology could catch up to. As debatable as that might be, the prospect of devastating wars is not as debatable, if its debatable at all and with the scale and the firepower of today's major militaries I can fairly anticipate a rather bleak and apocalyptic future for humanity. It may not come into being in my lifetime, but I believe its inevitable. Some megalomaniac statesmen and generals belonging to major world powers and militaries respectively will think they can wage war at each other without annihilating themselves and much of the world in the process. As the world continues to insanely and wastefully consume, resources will continue to go tighter and scarcer and consequently it will become inevitable that contention for resources and downright survival will result in conflict and war. Today's world is able to behave relatively decently and maintain that facade of progressiveness and modernism because it can afford to. Once it ceases to afford to, the world will revert to its historically characteristical and dominant status quo of barbarism, plundering and pillaging. Its not as if the current status quo is completely free of them, but it still can afford to be subtle and less forceful about it.

#26 Posted by comp_atkins (31109 posts) -

@GazaAli: sorry, I don't share your pessimism.

#27 Posted by GazaAli (22491 posts) -

@GazaAli: sorry, I don't share your pessimism.

Its not really pessimism, all things have to come to an end eventually. Every existence witnesses an ascend which is necessarily followed by a descend. Everything comes into being and then ceases to be. Some of us are under the false impression that the current civilization is the outcome of the cumulative intellect of humanity or the current destination in a necessarily sequential and successive movement of history or an inescapable stage of human evolution. If that was the case, we would have been much more advanced by now and we would have the entirety of that cumulative intellect intact and preserved. Instead, we are aware of the existence of certain advancements and phenomena in historical civilizations that we're unable to explain and we only possess a fraction of the intellectual product of humanity. The world's historical movement moves in a way that would result in the "defaulting" of humanity every some aeons. It forces the world to repeatedly start afresh. This epoch is no different, its not an exception in any way. It has its unique characteristics, granted, but so did all the antecedent epochs. It will come to an end, just like they did.

#28 Posted by TheFlush (5420 posts) -

The near future of technology is in big data.
Everything (products/electronica/clothes etc.) will be connected to the internet, so all of our stuff can share data.
Our technology will become smarter because of the clever connections between data that can be useful and convenient.

#29 Posted by comp_atkins (31109 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@comp_atkins said:

@GazaAli: sorry, I don't share your pessimism.

Its not really pessimism, all things have to come to an end eventually. Every existence witnesses an ascend which is necessarily followed by a descend. Everything comes into being and then ceases to be. Some of us are under the false impression that the current civilization is the outcome of the cumulative intellect of humanity or the current destination in a necessarily sequential and successive movement of history or an inescapable stage of human evolution. If that was the case, we would have been much more advanced by now and we would have the entirety of that cumulative intellect intact and preserved. Instead, we are aware of the existence of certain advancements and phenomena in historical civilizations that we're unable to explain and we only possess a fraction of the intellectual product of humanity. The world's historical movement moves in a way that would result in the "defaulting" of humanity every some aeons. It forces the world to repeatedly start afresh. This epoch is no different, its not an exception in any way. It has its unique characteristics, granted, but so did all the antecedent epochs. It will come to an end, just like they did.

tell ya what. let's revisit this topic in 100 years. if we've annihilated ourselves, i'll owe you a coke :P

#30 Posted by Ariabed (1099 posts) -

@GazaAli: that is some deep shit man, and I don't think your comment is far fetched or pessimistic,there's a high potential for your scenario to happen, there's unrest all over the world, you only have to watch the news to see that, and yes once resources run low it will be every man for himself no love lost. We can only hope that with the growth of technology we can find a renewable source of energy and resources, or find some other way of living, like a more environmentally friendly way living, meaning less lust for material things that eat up all the resources.

#31 Posted by Riverwolf007 (23398 posts) -

technology has been moving so fast that my last job application was for a part time position as a sandman.

#32 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1743 posts) -

the evolution of cars will be forever held back because of government owned roads

#33 Posted by GazaAli (22491 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@comp_atkins said:

@GazaAli: sorry, I don't share your pessimism.

Its not really pessimism, all things have to come to an end eventually. Every existence witnesses an ascend which is necessarily followed by a descend. Everything comes into being and then ceases to be. Some of us are under the false impression that the current civilization is the outcome of the cumulative intellect of humanity or the current destination in a necessarily sequential and successive movement of history or an inescapable stage of human evolution. If that was the case, we would have been much more advanced by now and we would have the entirety of that cumulative intellect intact and preserved. Instead, we are aware of the existence of certain advancements and phenomena in historical civilizations that we're unable to explain and we only possess a fraction of the intellectual product of humanity. The world's historical movement moves in a way that would result in the "defaulting" of humanity every some aeons. It forces the world to repeatedly start afresh. This epoch is no different, its not an exception in any way. It has its unique characteristics, granted, but so did all the antecedent epochs. It will come to an end, just like they did.

tell ya what. let's revisit this topic in 100 years. if we've annihilated ourselves, i'll owe you a coke :P

Deal :P

#34 Edited by Jimmy_Russell (419 posts) -

The inherent problem is not with the speed in which we acquire new technologies; it's the wrong path that we've been taking for so long, leading us away from nature and inexorably stifling the sustainability of our technology.