Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي A Response to Some Iranian Leftists about Futurists and Technology

Sam Ghandchi

http://www.ghandchi.com/2606-futurists-technology-english.htm

پاسخی به برخی چپگرایان ایرانی درباره آینده نگرها و تکنولوژی
http://www.ghandchi.com/2606-futurists-technology.htm
 

 

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Two years ago I wrote a short note entitled <Futurists and the Left: Differences and Agreements> (1). Since that time, I see some Iranian leftists write that futurists believe <progress of technology by itself will solve all humanity's problems>! Actually many futurists were even less optimistic about technology than many of the leftists, a good example being Marilyn Ferguson whose views were highly promoted in New Age Movement although I never supported her views (2), but she was, nevertheless, the protégé of Richard Buckminster Fuller who is considered one of the founders of Modern Futurism (3). Certainly Ray Kurzweil the leading futurist of our times does not think technology will solve all our problems by itself, and reading his book "Singularity is Near" best demonstrates his views on this topic (4). As explained in my book "New Variant to Meet Human Needs" which was reviewed by Kurzweil, contrary to leftists who always assumed the human itself to stay constant while the progress of technology continues, for futurists, there will be a time when humans, will not even be based on biology anymore (5). True that for more than 3.2 million years (that is the estimated age of Lucy), despite the advancements of tools and technology, basically the human body itself did not changed much (6). Nonetheless, today, thanks to medical technology, seeing humans with pacemakers and prosthetic hands and feet is commonplace and building humanoids is making progress although not as fast as we expected it to happen (7).

Hoping for a democratic and secular
futurist republic in Iran,

 

Sam Ghandchi
IRANSCOPE
.COM

http://www.ghandchi.com/index2.html
April 21, 2019

 

Footnotes:

 
1. Futurists and the Left: Differences and Agreements, Second Edition
http://www.ghandchi.com/2065-futurists-and-left-english.htm
آینده نگرها و چپ: اختلافات و توافقات، ویرایش دوم
http://www.ghandchi.com/2065-futurists-and-left.htm

 

2. Futurism, Sandbox, and Political Potency
http://www.ghandchi.com/403-FuturismSandboxEng.htm
آینده نگری، جعبه شن بازی، و توانمندی سیاسی
http://www.ghandchi.com/403-FuturismSandbox.htm

 

3. Modern Futurism
http://www.ghandchi.com/347-FuturismEng.htm
آینده نگری مدرن
http://www.ghandchi.com/347-Futurism.htm

 

4. About Ray Kurzweil

https://goo.gl/bsQwyB

درباره ری کرزوایل

https://goo.gl/NkXAdV

 

5. New Variant to Meet Human Needs-An Electronic Book
http://www.ghandchi.com/human-variant-book-english.htm 
واریانت جدید برای تأمین نیازهای بشر- کتاب الکترونیک
http://www.ghandchi.com/human-variant-book.htm

 

6. Intelligent Tools: The Cornerstone of a New Civilization
http://www.ghandchi.com/353-IntelligentToolsEng.htm
ابزار هوشمند: شالوده تمدني نوين
http://www.ghandchi.com/353-IntelligentTools.htm

 

7. Nanobots or Humanoids
http://www.ghandchi.com/2164-nanobots-or-humanoids-english.htm
نانوباتها یا انسان نماها
http://www.ghandchi.com/2164-nanobots-or-humanoids.htm





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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