Technological Darwinism. Is it inevitable?

Continuing on the thread from last week. I’ve been noticing lately how many older citizens are staring at their smart phones. All my examples of older are from the 60+ generation. I saw a traffic cop the other day staring down at his iPhone, a grandmother in the grocery store, another waiting for a bus, and another paying for her Starbucks using the phone app. It wasn’t too many years ago that many older Americans washed their hands of dealing with computers, the idea of email, or doing a Google search. Now they have iPads, they’re on Facebook, and texting is commonplace. It makes me wonder where the tipping point was. When did they finally cave in?

You’ve probably guessed why I’m asking. It’s fascinating to me to see that even things that we swear up and down against, we often end up embracing in one form or another just because we will get left behind if we don’t—way behind. That not only goes for technology, but also social mores, fashion, and other cultural behaviors.

So, skipping a few years into the future, what former sensitive subjects will we have embraced? Cloning? 3+ genetic parents? Implanted chips? Ubiquitous surveillance? Augmented bodies? Genetically enhanced bodies, body parts or brains? How about turning off the biological clock and living another 100 years? Trans-species genetics? Maybe public nakedness, or killing the people you hate in virtually reality. The possibilities are endless.

For example, if increased alertness is critical for certain jobs and that is attainable by a simple, painless chip implanted in the back of your neck, would you do it? Could employers require it?

If everybody is doing it will you do it, too? Perhaps you say no now, but will you eventually cave in?

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