There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether to let it affect you or not.
I feel like all I do is complain at this point. Life is beautiful and I should see it this way, shouldn’t I? I am young, have loads of chances and a bright future.
A future I don’t want, or that I could easily destroy, and one that I can’t see. How should I know how to live that bright future? Every path I can choose is said to be the wrong one.
Serious question for the ages.submitted by /u/Aryahelix
If the Steven universe soundtrack makes them cry they have unresolved trauma.
“I done been through more shit this month than a nigga been through in a lifetime
Cut a few niggas and bitches off
They were just wastin’ my time
Pretty and fine, the way this girl designed
I hope she can read my mind
Bitch, don’t get too comfortable”
TLDR at bottom.
I think it’s safe to assume that if we just go ahead and allow a human intelligence explosion to happen, the enhanced individuals will quickly cease to be human. (Let’s ignore for a second all the other consequences of an intelligence explosion. A lot of these consequences are shared with the artificial intelligence explosion situation, which is being much more seriously considered these days.)
By the time we achieve intelligence enhancement, we’ll probably already be more artificial than biological physically, which doesn’t irk me at all. Having a fundamentally different type of mind, however, is a potential concern. I don’t want to be perfect, never feel any negative emotions, always be content, etc. There have been plenty of utopian dystopia novels that effectively convey how unsettling this is. We could take this idea further and say that it’s impossible to feel happiness without having felt sadness, or to feel peaceful without having felt fear, etc. though this is a bit more arguable. The bottom line is that, upon closer inspection, a completely and utterly perfect human race is not what most people want.
But perhaps it’s desirable to teak the mind just a little bit. Surely there are certain emotions that nobody enjoys feeling and which benefit nobody? For example, couldn’t we just tone down envy a bit? Or make it near impossible to get depressed, and even when we do it’s not severe or long lasting? I find it easy to get caught up in such lines of thinking. However, it’s prudent to remember that, for example, what seems like excessive greed to someone could be an unhealthily low amount to someone else. How do we determine the levels to set these various variables such that they aren’t unhumanly perfect, but also so that we suffer less and have better lives as humans?
(As a nice aside, I think answering this question will also answer the oft cited criticism of anti-aging movements: “Would we really remain human if we experienced x years of life?”, where x is some large number. The crux of the problem there is that we become more intelligence and wiser as we grow older. So, the conclusions we reach in this discussion will apply.)
TLDR: We don’t want to simply use our immensely improved intelligence to make ourselves perfect. Nor do we want to become emotionless super intelligent robots with a goal but an inability to feel any emotion. But allowing our intelligence to grow unchecked will naturally lead to one of these two outcomes. So it seems to me that we will need to intervene in some way to ensure that we stay human while and after enhancing our intelligence. How might we go about doing this?submitted by /u/LavaSurfingQueen
“I don’t think Alina will come back to competitions, if she does it will be more like competitions that aren’t major and are more laid back and relaxed/fun. She’s won everything, so I don’t think it matters that much. Like if she doesn’t go to the olympics again (doubt she would make it, same with Evgenia), She’s won it, it would be really embarrassing if she got to them again and didn’t win or even qualify. So yeah.”