Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Future Shock

Future Shock Levels
If somebody is still worried about virtual reality (low end of SL1), you can safely try explaining medical immortality (low-end SL2), but not nanotechnology (SL3) or uploading (high SL3). They might believe you, but they will be frightened - shocked. That's not to say you can't do it. In fact, you can take advantage of the future shock to carry the idea. You just have to be careful.

by Paul, Future Hi (http://www.futurehi.net/archives/000117.html)

Future Shock Level Analysis
An example of a statement likely to incur future shock in the contemporary layperson might be: "barring any major disasters, there's a strong possibility that medical nanotechnology will eventually be used to cure all diseases and extend human lifespan indefinitely". This may be true, it might not be, but if it shocks you, then you aren't ready to think about the possibility logically. Future shock is a genuine problem in our world, causing millions to withold support from humanitarian projects that hinge on a thorough understanding of technological futurism. The problem of future shock continues to get increasingly serious as technological progress accelerates; human beings can only absorb so much future shock so fast.

by Michael Anissimov (http://www.acceleratingfuture.com/michael/works/shocklevelanalysis.htm)

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