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Learning Ethics from Science Fiction (implications of new tech)

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An article from the great site at WorldChanging.com named Learning Ethics from Science Fiction presents something that is one of the key fundamental "points" (for open discussion) of Libervis.com - how technology (including new advanced and future technologies) affect our social relations, or in other words ethical and social implications of technology.

If we do acknowledge that preserving Free Culture today is an issue than you probably very well recognize that what this issue lays on is technology. It is revolutional technologies such as internet that posed certain tough challenges for the way we are going to use them collectively and at the same time ethically and with the optimal social effect. As a society we have failed (maybe not completely) in many fields to use this technology properly. We haven't answered the challenge accordingly (if you read the introduction to libervis.com on the homepage you might be familiar with the wording).

If you need examples just look at the proprietary software industry laden with monopols, over-extended copyright laws put under an unthinkable (if not so prevalent) notion of "intellectual property" (as if property can be intellectual) etc. etc.

If we didn't yet managed to overcome these challenges posed by the information technology and internet (r)evolution how are we gonna answer the challenges that we may at some point in the future face with nanotechnology (something even more revolutional than internet and information technology in general).

It is a very important issue. This article suggests that science fiction can help prepare us for the challenge. Let's hope so.

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Daniel

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Re: Learning Ethics from Science Fiction (implications of new te

I found this comment very insightful:

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Pace Arko wrote:
Advanced nanotechnology and other related scientific advances was one of the reasons I stopped reading as much science fiction as I used to. The stuff, assuming it's remotely plausible, just seems too plastic to me for an author to wrap an entertaining story around.

Perhaps what might still interest me is a story about the legal issues that might surround advanced nanotechnology once it's developed. If you think digital media has made an utter mess of current intellectual property law, just consider the potential to make perfect copies of the Mona Lisa out of ordinary vegetable oil and a few trace metals.

The more spacey lawyers out there are probably shuddering at the prospect now.

(emphasis added by me)

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Re: Learning Ethics from Science Fiction (implications of new te

Yes, that may be the core of the challenge that nanotechnology would impose socially and that comment very nicely points out to how similar it is to the challenge of digital technology, resulting in the "intellectual property" nonsense that we have today.

We ought, as a global society, to learn on our mistakes.

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