Chen wrote:Barring something that stops us from dying of old age, what kind of examples of this do you foresee in our lifetimes? Something that paradigm shifting that I would be utterly horrified by it, seems difficult to think of right now for me at least.
I don't know what age you are I'm going to assume you have some small chance of living another 60/70 years. That's a long time socially.
So there could be a gulf as big as between 1940's morality when eugenics was sexy and now, perhaps even bigger.
The problem is that I'm a child of current morality as well so it's also hard for me to plan a path from current views that seems reasonable to me because, almost by definition, it's unlikely to seem reasonable to me.
It's hard to avoid simply descending into an approach where you simply think of a group/philosophy which you disagree with right now and imagine a dystopia where they're in charge rather than trying to imagine people who just don't care about the things you care about or people who take your own morality to reducto-ad-absurdum levels with a straight face.
but for an easy one: Perhaps kids will start getting routine cognitive enhancements and split open the issues Ormurinn mentioned from the 80's and/or social views will shift back in that direction.
Perhaps payday loan company owners will start to be considered decent human beings deserving of life and even social respect.
Perhaps society will shift in the direction of china and I'll find myself trying to explain to my great grandchild that freedom of speech is about more than child porn and the design of nerve gas bombs on the internet and get nothing but "the party is good, free speech is bad" in response
Perhaps we'll go all brave-new world on intimacy and start sending children who don't want to be intimate with each other at a young age to counselling.
Perhaps mind reading will become easy, jury trials will be done away with and literal thought-crime will seem utterly reasonable to younger people.
Combined with the above, perhaps people will be punished for violating new laws retroactively. "But debating serious adult issues on internet forums without confirming that all participants are over 18 wasn't illegal in 2014", "Doesn't matter, the mind scan showed you debated morality with pseudo-anonymous parties. To jail with you you disgusting freak"