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A desirable future may not be attained if a discovery of a superficially benevolent but ultimately destructive invention is discovered and voluntarily or involuntarily disseminated. Such an invention may be a kind of '''21st century soma''', named after the [[Soma]] of [[Brave New World]].
 
A desirable future may not be attained if a discovery of a superficially benevolent but ultimately destructive invention is discovered and voluntarily or involuntarily disseminated. Such an invention may be a kind of '''21st century soma''', named after the [[Soma]] of [[Brave New World]].
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Such states are forms of [[local minimums]] in terms of reaching humankind's potential.
  
 
== Examples ==
 
== Examples ==

Revision as of 16:43, 24 September 2017

A desirable future may not be attained if a discovery of a superficially benevolent but ultimately destructive invention is discovered and voluntarily or involuntarily disseminated. Such an invention may be a kind of 21st century soma, named after the Soma of Brave New World.

Such states are forms of local minimums in terms of reaching humankind's potential.

Examples

  • Wireheading - or simply a cheap and powerful traditional drug epidemic could precipitate social collapse, or even warfare such as in the opium wars of the 19th century
  • Virtual reality - or even contemporary computer games and gambling is addictive to the degree to causing a level of social disengagement particularly in young men
  • Sex Robots - explored in Futurama could cause further social issues already existing the form of pornography causing a similar kind of disengagement