Future dichotomy

Today in my Future Reality Lab blog post I talked about the far future. In that post I focused on the positive, in a sort of rah-rah cheerleader way.

Yet I am aware that the possibilities I described also have a potential dark side. That dichotomy leads to an ethical quandary.

Should we refrain from developing certain promising new technologies because of the risk of potential misuse? Or should we continue to develop those high stakes technologies, while also continually working to develop appropriate safeguards along the way?

I don’t have an easy answer to those questions. Given that humans are tool builders, I suspect we will be needing to ask them for as long as we are on this planet.

One Response to “Future dichotomy”

  1. Luiz Velho says:

    My instinct reaction: “always take the risk”!

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