By Chas Ames
Today as I chanced to travel down Bridgeport, I saw something that struck me profoundly. Somewhere between Gravelly Lake and 100th, I saw tilted over in a residential yard… a tv antenna.
Perhaps I was struck first by its size. It was larger than the sights of my youth. But it still threw me back, for a moment, into a world of station wagons and cigarettes.
It seemed to recently have toppled intact onto its side, oblivious to its obsolescence, maybe hoping to re-join its forgotten neighbors where once, thousands, millions of them clawed the skies raking the wispy signals up for the families within picket-fenced homes.
But no more. Now higher frequencies service an immensely larger family of customers unbound by earthly wires. And I saw the news of a driver fallen asleep in his self-driving fully-electric vehicle as it mindlessly, yet dutifully carried him… somewhere.
Where are we going? If you are familiar with Moore’s Law you know that our computational ability doubles every two years. Our civilization is rocketing toward frontiers heretofore uncomprehended.
My young son traveling beside me was wholly heedless of this impact. His world will accelerate even faster, pitching its passengers into a far-flung future of human augmentation and off-world exploration.
Am I passing the antenna? Or is advancement passing me, blasting faster and faster to an unknown end? Is technology a Pandora’s box that we must clamp down before we ourselves escape?
The term ‘singularity’ is sometimes applied to both harnessing the human mind and collectively joining the minds of our species. A ‘mindful’ approach should be considered where this human condition could ultimately end.
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