Recently, I watched an interesting CBC documentary titled Masters of Space,
which is an episode from the award-winning series The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.
By and large, I found the program informative and commendable. It highlights the dominance of the United States in space and the various implications associated with advanced weaponry systems,
such as sophisticated missile interceptors and ultra-high-powered lasers.
Unfortunately, the show adopted a distractive political undertow, while stopping short of addressing the more pressing philosophical issues that it offhandedly raised.
We should all know by now that technology is completely and utterly indifferent. It couldn’t care less if it’s being used for benevolent or malevolent purposes. For example, any computer
finds no less satisfaction executing malware than languishing in the hot sun. This “dual intent susceptibility” (DIS), provides a catalyst to facilitate a potential escalation in abusiveness
in the future.
For instance, one day we hope to colonize Mars and other planets in our solar system. This move will undoubtedly require the assistance of numerous smart robots, mass drivers, lasers, masers
and other massive and technical resources. However, all these gadgets are vulnerable to being heinously misused—whether by Neocons, left-wing wannabe dictators, closet megalomaniacs,
stealth terrorists, garden-variety narcissistic hackers, etc. Eventually, enslavement-ready technologies (ERT) will bring conspicuous promises that are too great for some to casually forego,
such as endless concubines, private continents, wholesale history redactions, boundless Kafkaesque eccentricities, global domination, obedience and deification, etc.
So, what can we realistically do about this predicament? I offer a comprehensive philosophical solution in my Futurist Series.
If you have better ideas on this important matter, please e-mail them to me for publication.