Like cravings for sugar, anthropologists have argued that human beings have a craving for information – the human hunger for knowledge can be seen as an evolutionary adaptation, something that helps us survive. The question for today is whether this trait is now possibly harmful, with the tremendous amount of information now available on the web.
The question now rearing its head is whether we now know too much. Does the recent explosion in available information, primarily thanks to the internet, bring dangers we have not anticipated? Bostrom fears that it might. “Research and education have become like motherhood and apple pie: harmless, wholesome and completely unobjectionable,” he says. “It behoves us to develop a more reflective and qualified view about the value of knowledge.”
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