Living in a Land of Ethical Strangers

By Mark Antony Rossi

It’s been said technology is contributing to people becoming less connected to the world at large. A small part of that sentiment is true but like Viagra you can’t blame the drug for the poor choices of its partakers. Technology in the context of rushing water is exponentially more powerful exploiting existing cracks. The foolish discover being human is far more challenging when pretending you are perfect.

Personal responsibility does not get a Christmas card in the present culture that seeks to elevate victimhood into a form of social currency easily marketed to areas in fear of political correctness. But we cannot hide behind super machines or use their frightening influence to shield our failings. Especially if one our failings is building an infrastructure to manufacture artificial intelligent machinery with the enormous potential to wreak havoc on humanity.

There are millions who often wonder if the tentacles of a “great evil” are pulling the strings of war and poverty. Naturally a good conspiracy theory never considers the pivotal role the average person plays in larger events. Gun violence is widespread throughout the world not due to excessive weapons or wickedness but due to the frailty of human nature. It is through this weakness that office politics sways good people to do bad things on a regular basis.

The world is the way it is and the way it was because good people often fail to act through their better angels thus allowing history to repeat itself. Evil men are never able to change the world without help. And the most invasive machines peering into the deepest dreams still require a master. If we are truly the masters of our destiny, then why are we such slaves to mindless mistakes? If machines are made in our image perhaps self-destructive traits are inherited and humanity may get a third chance. We learned nothing from Noah living in a land of ethical strangers.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. http://markantonyrossi.jigsy.com

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