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Khanna: Technology will never control us

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In the school of thought that says that technology will ultimately control us, there are two points of view. One is that it's already numbing us and dumbing us, and therefore in a way it already dictates and shapes the way we act. Some people say we’re getting stupid, our brains are being rewired in bad ways. We’re becoming too passive and things like that. Our physical relationships, our ability to concentrate, all of these things are deteriorating as a result of technology. The second school of thought is much more radical and futuristic. The sort of singularity approach that says that by the year 2050 or at some point in the future machines will be as competent and smart as man and therefore we don't know what the future will look like, because they may take over. They may put us in the zoo, you know. Those are two kinds of views on that.
I don't think that's necessarily the case at all. I think that at every step along this way, whether it’s every six months or every year, we're not even measuring in terms of time but measuring in terms of technologies and innovations that appear, we're constantly thinking about: Are we harnessing it or is it harnessing us? This is an iterative process. We're not jumping from now to the singularity. I believe there will be many controls along the way. There will be many successes and failures in experimenting with managing technologies, and as a result I don’t believe that we're ever going to reach a situation where it controls us. I don’t think that will ever happen.

Added on 22 Mar 2017
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