How much can technology be trusted?
Innovation itself is a catalyst for future innovation. As a result, an innovation by one person or organization enables and encourages innovations by others.
Consider that initial innovation in 3D printing, using plastics, enabled innovation in printing using a wide variety of materials, ranging from ceramics to metals and glass. The process happened so fast that plans for 3D printed weapons were available well before the airing of recent concerns about the release of plans for such weapons. The fact is, regulations have not curbed the development of the technology, nor are they likely to prevent its proliferation.
Additionally, many innovations are the result of research for malicious purposes -- or as we like to call them, defense. What most people don't realize is that many of the innovations in our lives are a direct result of military and aerospace applications and other government-funded research.
Everything from wireless communications to the predecessor of the Internet to autonomous vehicles has been a focus of government research. In the U.S., funding comes from multiple sources, including the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, NASA and many other organizations.
As a result, a new technology often is developed and implemented in a variety of applications long before society becomes aware of it.
Note that this pattern is not limited to electronics. The same is true for energy, chemical, biomedical and other forms of technology. Additionally, advances in one form of technology often enable advances in other forms of technology.
Advances in AI are rapidly accelerating advances in other technologies by enabling the ability to build models and simulations larger and faster than humans are capable of processing. As a result, technology is moving so fast that it is impossible to see all the potential consequences, much yet the applications, in advance.
This may be one reason that the entertainment industry often depicts the future so negatively -- and so often as the result of technology. It reflects our collective fear of those unintended consequences.
Source: Exerpt from article by Jim McGregor