Future Left Podcast Ep. 66: A Multitude of Dystopias
THIS WEEK: The future is going to be so good. Unless it's not. We're in a dour mood this week as we look at some of the most interesting tech stories we saw with an eye for all the downsides.
Who needs the real life when there's virtual reality? First, they came for the chickens, and I said nothing because I'm not a chicken and it was a weird idea to begin with. With such opportunities for continuous self-deception, is it imaginable that--for the sake of maximizing happiness and minimizing sadness--that some or many would retreat into virtual worlds? www.vox.com/2014/5/19/5729182/t…-in-virtual-reality
Lost your keys? Don't worry, there are intelligent machines watching your every move that can help you find them. Isn't that grand? www.popularmechanics.com/technology/i…cial&mag=pop
Elon Musk has a great idea about connecting your brain to a computer and communicating by transferring thoughts and concepts in a process he referred to as "consensual telepathy." But what prospects might lie ahead for nonconsensual telepathy. Would it be ethical to download a person's thought without consent, but with a warrant signed by a judge? www.cnbc.com/2017/04/24/elon-mu…inator-skynet.html
What would an episode be without us talking about the folks that are making sweet, sweet love to robots of all different kinds. We're talking about robots you don't just have sex with, but robots that you marry. Robots whose hands you hold, robots from whom you seek connection and affection. www.geek.com/tech/humans-will-b…ai-expert-1683449/ AND www.theguardian.com/technology/2017…first-sex-robot