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Science and KMD. Yes Or No?. Kalo ' smi loka-ksaya-krt (Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds) -Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, Verse 32. Lord Krishna . Literal Meaning. Blast Zone of 20 Megaton Warhead. The Inferno. Project Frankenstein.

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science and kmd

Science and KMD

Yes Or No?

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Kalo 'smiloka-ksaya-krt

(Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds)

-Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, Verse 32

Lord Krishna

project frankenstein
Project Frankenstein
  • 20th century  technology increasingly seems to become a Frankenstein monster  turning on its creators
  • Enormous benefits  spawned a variety of lethal problems  from global warming to threat of mass destruction
  • Help of technology  1st time man has both the means to greatly lengthen/improve life or bring about his own extinction
genetic engineering
Genetic Engineering
  • Agree/Disagree?
  • What are your views?
  • Is it morally right? What are the pros and cons?
the 3 transhumanist technologies
The 3 transhumanist technologies
  • Genetic engineering, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence
  • Ironically  these technology of transcendence and immortality  also the ones that allows KMD (knowledge-enabled mass destruction)
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KMD
  • What is KMD?
  • How does KMD differ from old modes of mass destruction?
  • Do you agree that these KMD technologies made the extinction of mankind inevitable?
hubris
Hubris?
  • The ancient Greeks  called the pride of being like the god ‘hubris’
  • Do you think death can be conquered by technological means?
  • Do you think the transhumanist enterprise is ultimately one of hubris?
solutions if any
Solutions: if any
  • Can we arrest the technological trends leading towards AI, nanotech and genetic engineering?
  • Should we?
  • And if we cannot or should not, how do we manage the inherent dangers of the transhumanist technologies?