Thursday, December 22, 2016

Are You Master or Slave of Technology?

First wave of sexbots could arrive next year, experts say, with marriage to follow by 2050
US California-based company Abyss Creations next year will start marketing sex robots that are billed as lifelike, with the ability to talk and move like humans.

Ultimately, Levy said, people should entertain the thought of marriage with robots as early as 2050.
This is Natural Selection in a way we haven't seen before. Pleasure technology is like opium, but without the nasty side effects. In the future, there will be a highly advanced civilization that doesn't use technology for pleasure, the same way today we, for the most part, only use opium for treating pain (homeless people will be plugged into VR on the street).

Another answer is this is cultural. The decline is the same as in Rome, we're simply more advanced. In 2016, degenerate cultures and Idiocracies make VR porn and viagra.

But globally, most people with high fertility cannot maintain current technology, let alone advance it. Or have no desire to, such as the Amish. Go out a few hundred years, however, and a small number of fertile technology-masters could grow into a large population.

Silicon Valley Tech Execs Sending Kids to Tech-free Schools

Screen time v play time: what tech leaders won't let their own kids do
You could offer an hour’s screen time a day, but media products are designed to keep people’s attention. It’s not that there’s an intent to harm children, but there’s an intent to keep them engaged. In the late 90s, when I was working at Intel and my first child was born, we had what was called the “war of the eyeballs”. People don’t want you to wander and start playing with another product, so it has a hooking effect. It looks like it’s soothing your child and keeping them busy so you can do something else, but that effect is not very good for small children.

It stops them discovering the world with their senses. And there’s a risk to attention. It’s not scientifically proven yet, but there’s an idea that attention is like a muscle that we build. It’s about being able to tune out all the distraction and focus on one thing. When you engage with these devices, you don’t build that capacity. It’s computer-aided attention; you’re not learning to do it.

Our children start interacting with computers and smartphones at around 12.

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