Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Brain: Will it be the next step to evolution?

Hubby and I are watching "Robocop 2". This is the first time I've caught the sequel as I wasn't that fond of the original. I like action and adventure movies, but not pure action adventure, shoot 'em up deals. Anyway, this reminds me of a conversation I had with my dad in June, the one about our next step in evolution. My dad's a very forward thinker. At least I think so. Of course, I am a bit biased. But I don't I'm totally so. I talk to many older people on the phone for the day job 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, and more than 95% of them, want nothing to do with computers. They have no clue how to use one. They don't like them. They're annoyed by them. So, my dad not only knows how to use them, but he programs them, fixes them, and has even designed several. And now he thinks they're passe, that we can't go any further with them. Dad thinks that the next step forward in technology will be medical - specifically, in harnessing the power of the human brain. This looks to be what the Robocop movies are doing. It also reminds me an old Star Trek episode where Spock is kidnapped by a race of alien women and they steal his brain to run their colony. His brain acts as their computer but is way more powerful than any computer we know as it can think for itself. This could be wonderful, or very scary. Why? If we use a benevolent brain like the logical Mr. Spock who has the highest regard for life and order and righteousness, it would be wonderful. But what if we use a brain like they did in Robocop 2? A terrorist's brain or anyone with psychological flaws? (And how many of us are perfect?) It could be devastating, probably more devastating than artificial intelligence getting out of control, as in The Terminator movies. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I like technology and I like to be on the cutting edge of things. At least where computers are concerned. In one way I like the idea of harnessing our brainpower and using all the untapped potential. But I also see inherent danger. Maybe I'm a worrywort as my family called my German grandmother, and I know I have an overactive imagination, but I hope whoever is involved in this process takes extra care to ensure we don't use a maniac's brain. What are your thoughts on this matter? Have you heard something contrary or similar to what my dad thinks? Inquiring minds want to know. You'll also want to see what Amarinda Jones, Anika Hamilton, Anny Cook, Barbara Huffert, Brynn Paulin, Bronwyn Green, Dakota Rebel, Kelly Kirch, Molly Daniels, and Sandra Cox are up to, so make sure to visit them also. :)

4 comments:

Kelly Kirch said...

The thing I took out of robocop was from the first movie. When they made him they said something about how he was the first subject to survive without going crazy. That being put into a machine required strong will to live and pshychologically handle the change.

It left me thinking that I would be devestated to be pulled from the peace of death to the body of a machine. Not only is that rest taken from you but all your sensory organs, your skin, being touched and how much that kind of thing would be needed but not possible. Very sad.

Amarinda Jones said...

Seriously? Were you drinking red cordial while watching this?

Anny Cook said...

I thought it was spooky. Too much like the novels Aldous Huxley wrote. Too Twilight Zonish.

Sandra Cox said...

You've been tagged:)
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