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Get Smarter

Atlantic article about the future of how our intelligence will keep on expanding using exocortical technology (geeky way of saying gadgets and computers), artificial intelligence, etc. It’s an optimistic article about the future in a very Singularity/Ray Kurzweil type of way. And dammit, it even mentions Twitter:

As processor power increases, tools like Twitter may be able to draw on the complex simulations and massive data sets that have unleashed a revolution in science. They could become individualized systems that augment our capacity for planning and foresight, letting us play “what-if” with our life choices: where to live, what to study, maybe even where to go for dinner. Initially crude and clumsy, such a system would get better with more data and more experience; just as important, we’d get better at asking questions. These systems, perhaps linked to the cameras and microphones in our mobile devices, would eventually be able to pay attention to what we’re doing, and to our habits and language quirks, and learn to interpret our sometimes ambiguous desires. With enough time and complexity, they would be able to make useful suggestions without explicit prompting.

We are in the utopian wave of a future vision. Which brings me to ask this question: Why do we only understand how the future would look like in utopian/dystopian views? I know it’s science fiction influencing reality and vice versa, but we can’t just seem to look at the future as just a little a better or a little worse.