Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Are We Entering a New Middle Ages

Sam Ghandchi

آیا به قرون وسطای تازه ای وارد می شویم




Four years ago, a scientist/engineer who is the coauthor of the book entitled "New Variant to Meet Human Needs" (1), told me that after the promises of genetics (2), and artificial DNA (3), not materializing, it seems like we are entering a New Middle Ages following the peak of Information Society of the 1990's. As we know, Middle Ages followed the era of growth of science and technology of Ancient Greece and Rome, and it lasted for a 1000 years. I think this is a good question to ask but I do not believe we are entering a New Middle Ages. It seems to me that our expectations for biology were mistaken because biology does not fit in a digital model (4), and therefore we should rethink our futurist visions as far as biology is concerned (5). Nonetheless anything that can be digitized, still follows Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns and our expectations for exponential change are not misplaced for such technologies (6). Even in medicine which relates to biology, although genetic modifications to cure cancer have faced serious barriers, but we are witnessing tremendous advances in robotic surgery for prostate cancer and others, and in the last two decades, we have witnessed phenomenal progress in CT Scan to identify lymphoma and nuclear medicine for diagnostics of bone cancer, showing that these technologies follow Moore's Law. Thus the young scientist noted above also agrees now that we should not worry about ushering in of a New Middle Ages and instead need to focus on areas that are readily digitizable. Actually Ray Kurzweil's Response about the Next Step in Making of an Artificial Sentient Being" (7) that was published three months ago, best shows what we can expect in the near future.

Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,


Sam Ghandchi
December 1, 2018



1. New Variant to Meet Human Needs-An Electronic Book 
واریانت جدید برای تأمین نیازهای بشر- کتاب الکترونیک


2. Genetics Cannot End Death
ژنتیک نمی تواند به مرگ پایان دهد
Ray Kurzweil's Response to Genetics and Death Topic
پاسخ کرزوایل به بحث ژنتیک و مرگ


3. Post-Anthropocentric Production
توليد فرا انسان مرکزي


4. Nanobots or Humanoids
نانوباتها یا انسان نماها


5. Modern Futurist Visions in Retrospect
بازنگری ویزیونهای آینده نگری مدرن


6. Kurzweil and Biological Path in Vicinity of Singularity
کرزوایل و مسیر بیولوژیک در حوالی سینگولاریته


7. Kurzweil's Response about the Next Step in Making of an Artificial Sentient Being
پاسخ ری کرزوایل درباره گام بعدی در ساختن موجود متفکر مصنوعی








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