A Paradox We May Face?

The reproduction of the human image has undergone a very dramatic evolution.  Originating through paintings of potential brides in the bid to make feudal alliances.  And so a likeness was captured and a king could make his decision, yet on occasion would find that the painting had been oh so very flattering.


So a consensus grew among artists to create a faithful and a likeness as accurately as possible, and this art form reached its pinnacle but wasn’t enough.  Photography emerged setting a new standard that really captured a new likeness, pictures really did look like grandpa!  I must point out that I’m paraphrasing the late and great Alan Watts here.



  Alan Watts on the Evolution and Future of Technology - 7:30 mins


But these photographs were black and white, and we have colour; so they started tinting them.  And so the process continued; fast forward through movies, talkies, cinema, TV, 3D, HD, video gaming, Internet, Wii, Kinect, virtual reality, occulus rift; consider the exponential growth of technology and its impact now with genetics, nano and robotics.  With this in mind, we’ll push through each challenge.  Rendering images at higher and higher quality, presented to you on an interactive stage in your living room.


For an engaging, emotional encounter, AI will be developed via the reverse engineering of the human brain.  Ray Kurzweil forecasts this mapping to be completed within twenty years.  Through laser, saser and other wave technologies, 3D objects will be rendered that you can actually touch and feel.  Developing technologies in neuroscience will allow you to plug in and control actions with mere thought.


As we strive towards an ever more real and engaging technology and find the tools to do it, it is logical to entertain the idea, that at some point we’ll do it.  That being so, Alan Watts raised the question “Could that be where we are already?  Are we a reproduction?   Which over the centuries of evolution, has worked out to be a replica of something else that was going on and we are, where we always were.”


Now consider that we are pushing this tech and we will develop the tech that lets us plug into a new reality, with absolutely perfect reproduction, so vivid that we become it.  Do we reach a point where we can cheat death by sustaining our brains plugged into a neural net; a dream within a dream.  Would we ever know a ‘game over’ in this life and find out if there is a ‘start’ button for another go?


By a strange series of coincidence, particularly that of surname, Alan leads to Reggie Watts, who in May 2012 delivered ‘Beats that defy boxes’ in his wonderful TED Talk.


“Tomorrow is another day.  Not just any day, but it is a day, it will get here, there’s no question and the important thing to remember, is that this simulation is a good one.  It’s believable, it’s tactile,  you can reach out things are solid, and you can move objects from one area to another, you can feel your body, you can say I’d like to go over to this location and you can move this mass of molecules through the air, over to another location at will.  That’s something you live inside of every day”.


Reggie Watts disorients you in the most entertaining way - 9:43 mins



So as you contemplate for a moment, then wonder is it a coincidence that you are reading this?

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