The Growing Phenomenon of the Internet: The First CBC News Report

One of my Facebook friends posted this video of what is perhaps the first CBC News report about “the growing phenomenon of the internet.”

First Report On The Internet – CBC Prime Time News

Though I still remember the time when there was no such thing called the internet, today this grainy video of CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge almost seems like ancient history from the time of the pyramids.

Now we take instant internet communication for granted.

Some of us have even called it a basic human right.

Radical new technologies usually start as geeky novelties but often become deeply embedded into the core meaning of what it is to be human. Thus, the trend of technological progress is to start from being geeky, grow to being widely useful and rather necessary, and eventually get to being mandatory and attain the status of a basic human right. (At which point the given technology becomes a part of the myth of what it is to be human.)

Radical as it was, the internet revolution will be dwarfed by what is to come.

What will happen when other budding technologies such as genetics, robotics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence start moving from their geeky phase into their mass-market phase?

How will those technologies impact the meaning of what it is to be human?

Do I have the right to be a cyborg, get uploaded or to live forever?

Will technology replace biology?

  • Cymast

    The right to live forever? Sure, if you define “right” as a guarantee of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

    Once people are uploaded and “live” forever, the philosophical ramifications of existing- or being “alive”- will be radically different. In the initial experimental stages of personhood uploading, would it be possible for an uploaded person to be accidentally or purposely deleted and erased? If so, how much more tragic will a “death” be at that stage than a death pre-Singularity? How will we view our own existence if we no longer have the option to “not exist”? Will we recreate and upload people who have been dead (as Kurzweil seems to want to do with his deceased father)? Will uploaded people retain separate and unique identities after the universe is saturated with intelligence?

  • Socrates

    Those are all very good and profoundly important questions Cymast,
    I certainly know that I don’t know the answers and it is for this reason that I started and Hopefully, together we can create an environment where each of us finds his or her answers…