articles tagged: technological advancement
technophobia is alive, well, and still wrong
# tech

technophobia is alive, well, and still wrong

Ted Kaczynski's technophobic manifesto lives on and its ideas found an appreciative audience.

of new tech, big promises, and mixed results
# tech

of new tech, big promises, and mixed results

The tech industry didn't suddenly start promising disruptive revolutions with every new gadget and app. It's been doing that since its first days.

mixing technology and evolution yet again…
# tech

mixing technology and evolution yet again…

It's often tempting to compare advancements in technology to evolution. But they're two fundamentally different processes.

the technological singularity, revisited again
# tech

the technological singularity, revisited again

Advocates of the supposedly incoming Technological Singularity have been long on talk but short on detail and seem to see no reason to reverse this trend.

singularitarians, start your starships!
# space

singularitarians, start your starships!

Singularitarians think they figured out the perfect way to travel through space after they upload their minds to machines.

cheating your way to future greatness. maybe.
# science

cheating your way to future greatness. maybe.

If we ever ended up in the past, it's tempting to think our modern skills would make us rich and famous. But putting those skills to use centuries ago is trickier than it sounds...

the skeptic’s guide to the singularity
# tech

the skeptic’s guide to the singularity

Transhumanists preaching the Gospel of the Singularity are right that we don't have to let nature dictate our future. But their absolute faith in utopian technology that hasn't yet been invented is misplaced.

ray kurzweil’s exponential mythology
# tech

ray kurzweil’s exponential mythology

To Ray Kurzweil and his adherents, the "exponential curve of technology" is an immutable law of nature. But does it actually exist in the real world?

another look at alien technology
# astrobiology

another look at alien technology

Based on the premise of SETI, if we do start talking to aliens, the ensuing conversation could get awkward very quickly...