One of my favorite books by Seth Shulman is Owning the Future: Knowledge as the Key Factor. It is about the way greedy people are taking over the patent industry and how the knowledge is the shiny new commodity that they are focusing on. Shulman believes that if we don’t acknowledge what is going on “we will lose the public education and public access that are the bedrock of a democratic society.” New software programs, databases, and any new technology are all fair game when it comes to those who use their powers for bad and try to patent what is not rightfully theirs.
This takeover will affect everyone. Every aspect of our jobs, the schools we are attending, and any information that we need to research may have a new and high price tag attached to it or even be unavailable to the general public anymore.
We have taken our information access for granted. We are able to hop onto the Internet and look up anything that we want, any time of the day or night. What if that were not possible anymore without having to pay a fee because the information was patented?
Shulman feels that knowledge is appealing to individuals and major corporations who are eager to control it with trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Shulman is not an alarmist who is trying to grow a following of militants. He actually has solid proof to back up every one of his claims. He is most disgusted by the computer industry where greedy software patents have zeroed in on staking claim to specific numbers. How can you patent numbers you may ask? Shulman is asking the same thing.
The progress in technology is exciting and it is able to bring out the good and the bad in people. The good people are trying to take the new technology and find applications for it to help people and improve areas of our life. The bad people are trying to put a patent on the technology so that you and I will have to pay to access it.
Information in our society is meant to be free and not held hostage by those who are trying to control it and make a buck on it. Shulman wrote this book 15 years ago and it continues to be a problem that has not been addressed. In his book he urges the government to step in and prevent this attack on knowledge and technology.
Another area of interest that has my full and unabashed attention is singularity. What is singularity? It is what would happen if our civilization were to change rapidly through rapid scientific and technological advances. Everything would change and nothing would be the same as we know it now.
Vernor Vinge, a science fiction writer, goes a little further by suggesting that artificial intelligence (AI) will result in the creation of a new super intelligent being that will replace human beings. With the way computers are already more intelligent than most humans, not only would it not take long to create a human with a computer mentality, scientists already have the technology.
It was 1992 that Vinge predicted that artificial intelligence would be a part of our lives in 30 years. It isn’t just the science fiction aficionados who are willing to commit to a future influx of super humans with computer-like brains, longevity experts see a light at the end of the genetic tunnel.
I personally am in awe of this subject. I can’t imagine the world being taken over by robotic-like beings. There are many science fiction movies that depict what it will be like in the future. Most of the people who are in these movies still have enough human qualities to make them familiar and comfortable to watch. But what happens if we have to come up against a super smart robot kind of a person?
Even though I am enamored by Seth Shulman’s call to action, and wonder if we are ever going to see singularity by 2030, the thing that I feel most passionate about is living every moment of your life to the fullest. Having a fulfilling life is my primary goal and I incorporate that into everything that I say or do.
It is hard to judge an event as being good or bad. Putting it into a category is unfair and usually turns out to be just the opposite. If that girl hadn’t dumped you maybe you wouldn't have met your current wife. If you hadn't gotten fired from your job, you wouldn't have started your own business which has enjoyed great success. When you begin to view what happens to you as a lesson that you must learn you will see everything differently. Sometimes the lesson is not revealed until later, but it is there.
Living your life fully every moment you are on this planet is a powerful way to start each day. Once you view life here as a teaching ground from which you are to learn different levels required for growth, you will become more patient, kind, and loving. You will no longer feel like a victim who everything happens to. That is not taking responsibility for your life, ignoring life’s lessons, and living in a lower vibrational level.