Comm Ethics Final 1

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Christopher Harner Communications Ethics 12/14/10 “Is a Revolution of Machines Upon Us?” There are multiple movies about the takeover of machines, Terminator and The Matrix are two of the more popular sci-fi, computer, apocalyptic movies that were produced. In these films, computers created by humans to help make our lives easier turn against us and look to wipe out the human race. What Linear is suggesting, with his Singularity argument, is that we are heading towards a future where we will live in the matrix. He makes some valid points in favor of his argument but also goes a bit far with some of his points and that hinders much of what he has to say. We certainly fear technology and becoming “cyborgs,” as Floridi suggests, but many times when we look into all of the negative technology creates we forget about what good technology does. If we take what Linear has to say too seriously we will become paranoid of our own creations and turn against all of the good we humans invented. Linear begins the chapter by explaining “Singularity,” which is essentially the belief that computers and robots will one day become intelligent enough to make better versions of themselves and eventually rule the world. This is not far from what Floridi was saying about us becoming cyborgs and constantly being online. Both men are trying to warn us that we are heading down a slippery slope, by “re-ontologizing” ourselves, we are going too far and trusting too much of our lives to our computers. Even Ess brings up a point about too much technology when he discusses privacy. Ess mentions Facebook and cell phones when he talks about privacy, his argument is that we are trusting technology to keep what we post, private. This, however, is
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not the case. Facebook is a wonderful thing, but the problem is we trust it so much we put our whole lives onto the site. Our cell phones are a great way to communicate, but with the ability to take pictures and videos our cell phones can reveal many secrets. Also, our cell phones aid us in always being connected. With our cell phones we now have the ability to check email, Facebook, blogs and anything else, just like Floridi says, we are moving towards never being offline. When Linear warns about Singularity he is warning us of something that will come in the distant, distant future. He basically says that we are hundreds to thousands of years from being taken over by the machines but brings to our attention we are heading down that road. In his book, Linear cites Kevin Kelly who says that authors are no longer needed because all of the ideas that are posted online can be collected and edited into books. This is definitely a stretch,
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