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Prophet Asimov

By posted at 4:00 pm on January 3, 2014 2

It’s 2014, but we still don’t have self-driving cars despite Isaac Asimov’s predictions. In 1964, Asimov contemplated what the world would be like 50 years later. He was fairly accurate according to David Wogan at Scientific American. “Asimov got a lot right…about how technology keeps advancing at a rapid clip, freeing humans from mundane and routine tasks. It’s the Google-fication of everything.”





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2 Responses to “Prophet Asimov”

  1. editor-b
    at 5:40 am on January 4, 2014

    Anyway, is the human future, inevitably, the direct and full-time relation with an intelligent machine? That is, will a machine be the whole environment, a virtual playground? If so, will human beings return to this new technological mother womb, inside mechanical egg-dresses? However, what is the relationship in which a machine cannot take part or channel at all? Why won’t the future automatons be alive? What is the fundamental difference between a peculiar and mechanical structure that imitates life and life itself? Is there any, virtual or real? Can materialistic and mechanical points of view be overcome? Anyway, if machines take over all human activity, including art and science, what will happen to the organic body and its conditioned-to-work-and-think brain? Surely, will it decay? Is man-machine coexistence possible while people is fighting for jobs and resources: competition, nations, and so on? If one wants to go on questioning, there is a serious-funny book, take a look in a sample in http://goo.gl/rfVqw6 Just another suggestion, far away from dogmas or axioms

  2. Wendy
    at 1:01 pm on January 4, 2014

    ” but we still don’t have self-driving cars ”

    Oh, yes, we do. They may not be commonplace, but they are operating.
    http://www.techhive.com/article/255204/googles_self_driving_car_licensed_to_hit_nevada_streets.html
    (That article’s over a year old. They’re probably out of beta by now)

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