Our 17th century for forebears for example were for the most part unaware of the magnitude of the looming industrial revolution and anyway lacked the means to do anything about it. We no longer have this excuse.
We need to talk about Artificial Intelligence
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If they had known what industrialization would do to transform humanity, perhaps they could have avoided certain catastrophes that came from this development. But it would certainly be a tragedy to still be in the 17th century, an age with slavery, disease, and starvation. I world where women had no rights, classes were immutable relegations, and child mortality was, by 20th century standards, astronomical. This is not to say that technologies do not always come with new ethical questions, but rather that humanity is rarely at the brink of an emerging technology at risk of ruining a utopia.

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