The origin of this post is in a question that I posed to our brilliant host of the World Wide Wisdom Radio talkshow - Peter O'Lalor. In the context of apprehensions about the emerging technologies, Nano and Bio, my question was "Can Humans Control the Evolution of Technology?"
Let us look at the four discoveries in the Human history that had the greatest of impacts. Someone, without planning perhaps discovered Fire. Surely the elders and the wise of the society of that time, must have cautioned the person who had the Fire with him to just stay away from it. Surely a lost of destructive events may have taken place while using, or misusing it down the ages. Did it stop the use of Fire?
Same goes with the invention of Wheel. It did take the Humans to the next level. As it permitted mechanized transport, it was also used in the Chriots which muct have become force-multiplier weapons of their time. What would have happened had the society banned the wheel?
Same goes for inventions of Electricity and lastly the discovery of relativity. Countless people across the world must have suffered fromm Eletrical Shock alone, but never the demand arose to ban it. In spite of nuclear horrors suffered by Japan, they themselves went ahead and mastered the technology and are toady one of the largest exporters of Nuclear Power Plants. Fukushima tragedy notwithstanding.
Each of these events would perhpas reflect a "Technological Singularity", in our history. But it comes with a cost and as Humans we have to pay that cost. Stanzas of Dzyan teach us that several different prototypes of Humans were tried by the creators and discarded before finalizing one. Were they not using Biotechnology? When we read that Fohat was sent to harden the atoms, are we not discussing Nanotechnogy?
What are we afraid of? Paying the price?