Question by bad_ambassador: Is there a point where advancement in science and technology becomes dangerous? Are we already there?
There are many little topics to consider here I think.
I’ll list a couple that are on my mind, but please feel free to add your own ideas and thoughts.
1) The internet is vast already. And it seems like it is only going to expand in the future. It is also becoming available to more people. Is it dangerous to provide a means of instant communication to the common man who may take advantage of it? You may find instructions on how to build a bomb online, for example.
The internet also connects everyone who has a computer (or a cell phone!) to everyone else who has one. Hacking presents a pretty big security risk, I think. This being said, though, we all know it is probably impossible, not to mention stupid, to “get rid of” the internet. But there may come a point where limiting access to sites becomes necessary.
2) I also wanted to mention medical advances, and how we want to keep extending our lives. Could this create overpopulation or something? Thanks
Answer by Darth Severus
no, we were there in late 40′s when we invented nuclear weapons.
1. Computer safety is a billion dollar market with several firms competing in it, so they will be able to respond to any threat.
2. We could support 10 billion people with _current_ agricultural technology. And we are only at 6 billions now, and technology keeps developing.
There is a problem tho – dumbing down of population, as demonstrated by Bush presidency and Toad’s post below me.
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