Technology is developing at an exponential rate, and we’re beginning to see the infinite possibilities it seems to be offering, however, it’s important to consider that not all of these possibilities are good. Below is a list of technologies that if wrongly developed, could leave humanity with questionable consequences.
Robert Freitas, Nanotechnology theorist has put forward a variation of these technologies which could prove to have ruinous effects on our society. These consist of aerovores, which could block out the sun’s rays, grey plankton, where carbon-rich ecology could be demolished by seabed-grown replicators, as well as grey lichens, which pose the threat of destroying land-based geology. Because this is nanotechnology, it also comes with a sense of secrecy, attacks with no forewarning could be carried out, which fundamentally is the biggest threat that these weapons pose.
Stephen Hawking amongst other tech experts, as well a multitude of concerned members of society have pointed out that creating technology more advanced than ourselves could be the worst mistake humanity ever makes. Artificial intelligence certainly allows us to become more advanced and in many ways is already a part modern-day life, however, if it is not kept track of, we could find ourselves at a stage where we’re at mercy of whatever the artificial superintelligence chooses it will do.
Mistakes made in genetic engineering carry the possibility of sterilising organisms with diseases that are inadvertently released. Possibly millions of lives could be lost where failure occurs in genetic engineering. The development of new viruses and bacteria as weapons (otherwise known as biowarfare) is where we find the biggest risks associated with genetic engineering. Here, biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi are engineered with the intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as in act of war.