Release from fatigue accelerates innovation and knowledge

This is why and how responsibility and collaboration identify the most authentic solution to the misuse of digital technologies

A worker using a Virtual Reality viewer
A worker grappling with a Virtual Reality viewer: innovation, in a thousand ways and in a thousand streams, has changed the use of time and the quality of work of humans

In an effort to know the future in advance, the peoples of the world have conjectured the most diverse systems and, even though deprived of any rational credibility, some of them still find space in our culture, such as thehoroscope.
Not only do we fear the end, but also pain and its repetition, one's own and that of those we love, as well as the oppression of old age, the reduction of freedom and autonomy, the uncertainty that there is a life after the limited one and earthly.
Not even the dream of perpetual serenity calms the human struggle against time, since it seems that many want to go to Heaven, but none of them want it to happen tomorrow.
With this inner drive, it is easy to understand that, in those components that can be defined as knowledge and invention, even the innovation has been seen and used to look beyond the present and know first what will happen next.
It thus happens that the numbers describing events have been used since the dawn of time to predict the future: from Egyptian measurements of the Nile to predictive uses of theArtificial intelligence, the data has always been ordered and interpreted to anticipate events, know them first, prepare for them or influence them as far as possible.
Once this angle of observation has been chosen, it is noted how consumption, collaboration, innovation, prediction and construction of the future are so integrated and proper to the human being that all fears directed towards a near future in which automatons could reach the point of influencing the lives of those who invented them appear to be groundless.
In summary, if these five elements are distinctive of humans with respect to other animals, they are even more so with respect to machines, automatons and digital devices.

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All those non-biological entities, being free from a body destined to pain, sickness and death, precisely for this reason do not have a future that they are interested in predicting and, therefore, not even a desire, an urge to change, to determine their own destiny, much less to acquire some form of power over other machines or humans.
Those objects remain indifferent to the future and even to the same time, without any tension to go beyond their own limits.
If one thinks that one day it will finally be possible to transmit those characteristics to machines, one can imagine that, if anything, it will be extremely remote, given that up to now humans have never shown themselves capable of inducing them not even in the closest animated species in the world. evolution bush.
The continuous search to know and understand is what reveals the human of humans.
Philosophical thinking, science e tech they are both origin and consequence of the human ability, unique among animals, to use (consume) tools that give super-human powers (as any television shows in allowing you to see and hear events happening in distant places, perhaps in this moment or in past times), and the more the spectrum of these possibilities widens, the more homo sapiens becomes.
In particular, theautomation it is the phenomenon that in recent centuries has mostly allowed humans to gain time to devote to themselves, freeing them from inhuman activities.
Pay attention: of all the work activities that have been automated over time, which ones would you like to go back to doing manually?
When the mechanical looms were electrified, when the assembly line was replaced by robots, when washing machines replaced laundresses, there was no shortage of social resistance, but the passing of a generation was enough for no one to want to go back to doing those jobs , those hardships that we now define as unbearable.

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Research and application once the prerogative of the rich

Work is indeed a way of self-fulfilment for the person and, in the our culture, a fundamental element of its social dignity, but the physical effort involved in carrying it out does not have those characteristics, quite the contrary.
Since Genesis, the "sweat of the brow" is as much punishment as the pain of childbirth: neither one nor the other gives any direct merit, being rather ways of expiating a sentence.
It is easy to understand that the more the inhuman is eliminated, the more the human is strengthened.
Think of a few decades ago, a century to make a round figure: then he could devote himself to innovative thinking only those who did not work, those who had incomes deriving from the wealth of their ancestors and from the underpaid work of their contemporaries of lesser income, servants or little more.
This was one of the reasons why cultural development e technological it had much slower rhythms than now: few of the rich few invested intelligence and money to carry on research and application.

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From “Big Science” to improved life expectancy

Think now, of the fact that thousands and thousands of people can collaborate with each other to discover and create, having huge amounts of time and money invested in a productive way, as well as the means to exchange information, generating that phenomenon called "Big Science ” which has led to results that we too often underestimate such as, for example, the possibility of curing recently fatal diseases which, together with other innovations, has made it possible to increase the life expectancy of those born on the planet by 20 years (from 53 years for those born in 1970 to 72,6 for those born in 2020).
Those thousands of researchers also exist because the innovation, in a thousand ways and for a thousand rivulets, has changed the use of time by humans: freed from inhuman toils, they have increasingly devoted their intellectual resources to understanding and changing the world.
This "changing the world" has not only positive aspects, so much so that the expression "the other side of the coin" is typically human, difficult to imagine from the mind of a beaver.
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The "values" are tools to direct the future

Even if mistakes have not been lacking, human societies have identified various tools to guide their future: ethics, morals, justice, law are among these, not casually linked and interacting with each other.
Those that for simplicity are called "values" can be understood as precursors of the future: their application in social life is, in fact, already the future itself, since tomorrow's consequences of today's choices spring from them.
Therefore, designing how to use the innovation it is the application of ethics, of shared values ​​of a community, a prologue and design of later times, an influence that is not always correctable on the destiny of the living and of the following generations.
It is a demanding activity, often having to face puzzles that are difficult to solve, with conflicting results that question personal conscience and reflect on community practice.
As a social animal, the human perceives the duty to answer for events that depend on him, but in the depths of his spirit there remains the temptation to avoid that rough weight, perhaps placing it on the same machines he has built.

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Primates make use of tools and objects, but they don't go beyond consuming food
Primates make use of tools and objects, but they don't go beyond consuming food

A common and acceptable home for all species

In following that flattery, one could first perceive it as lawful, then acceptable and afterwards even preferable to assign to the automatons responsibilities up to now attributable to the person, so that, freed from it, man could finally experience a certain pleasant vertigo, perhaps perceiving as a new form of freedom the lightness of a soul freed from the obligation to acknowledge one's mistakes.
Even in the face of this concern and, indeed, precisely because of it, it is up to the human concern to direct the innovation in a coherent manner with the aim of living better in the common home of all species, as happened from the moment in which ancient hominids discovered how to govern fire, choosing to use it to cook food rather than to set fire to the whole savannah.
Had that decision been wrong, there probably wouldn't be anyone here to talk about the future.

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A modern robot with almost human features
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