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Insufficiencies

Lately, being part of an academic environment, I have increasingly been aware of the insufficencies we face as human beings. Not that I don’t gape in astonishment of what is being achieved in both medical and technology related research advancements these days. But we have the potential to achieve so much more. And I feel, more than a little, annoyed by the way we seem to deliberatly waste resources on obviously counter productive projects. Productive projects that eventually would make, pardon the cliché, our lives better. Pouring billions of dollars into military operations is obviously an easy way to make friends with people running the military industry. But it’s not much affecting the way we deal with treating cancer, enhancing ways of expoiting alternative energy sources, speeding up the making of a space elevator, or understanding the complex ways of gene transcription interactions. And I do believe those extra billions could make an impact. However, thankfully, we are making progress nonetheless. And the progress is gaining speed in a way only J.B.S. Haldane and H.G. Wells could dream of (while Ray Kurzweil knew all along…). But it’s not enough. Professors and other scholars, with life long knowledge and experience, do retire. And even tho they are able to share their valuable knowledge through their companions and peers before leaving academy, much is lost. I want humanity to be able to pass on this knowledge in a new way. I want us to be able to share everything. Knowledge. Experience. Not in writings. Not in teachings. The process is too slow. But in a way numerous scifi story writers have been telling us for years. My new boss, Stig W. Omholt (director of Centre for Integrative Genetics), showed me not long ago an article in New Scientist. About researches involved in technologies “extending human capabilities“. We don’t have time waiting for evolution to make human brains inter-connect, sharing intelligence, knowledge and experience, vastly improving our scientific progress. We need to understand the way the human brain store information, and its nearly endless creativity. And be able to reproduce it. Thankfully, The Singularity Is Near. And it will change everything.

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  1. Sciphu | April 20, 2008 at 17:50 | Permalink

    Very nice post, the links you provide is going to keep me busy for a while and I just ordered “The Singularity is Near” book. Good to see a fellow Norwegian blogger, and especially one with a lot more experience than myself. Your site is added to the blogroll on the genom.no site (http://genomno.blogspot.com/). You are more than welcome to submit stuff there as well (in addition to sciphu.com of course). Nils (Sciphu)

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