Promise and Peril of the 21st Century

November 4, 2003 | Source: CIO

“Future dangers from new technologies may appear alarming when considered in the context of today’s unprepared world,” says Ray Kurzweil. “The reality is that the sophistication and power of our defensive technologies and knowledge will grow along with the dangers.

“GNR [genetic engineering, nanotechnology and robotics] technologies cannot be stopped, and broad pursuit of relinquishment will only distract us from the vital task in front of us: to rapidly develop ethical and legal standards and defensive technologies that will be essential to our security. This is a race, and there is no alternative.”

Promise and Peril of the 21st Century

October 7, 2003 | Source: CIO

“Technology has always been a double-edged sword, empowering both our creative and our destructive natures,” says Ray Kurzweil. “It has brought us longer and healthier lives, freedom from physical and mental drudgery, and many new creative possibilities. Yet it has also introduced new and salient dangers….”

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