I still go on io9 a lot because I did all the stuff like sci fi and fantasy and all that, but whenever I read an article about life extension, transhumanism, or the singularity I get really nervous.
I find that a lot of the comments seem to hold contempt for sociology, economics, philosophy, or any way of thinking that isn't a "hard" science - because examples from all those tell me that focusing on life extension while we have such mass inequality is bound to lead to disaster.
Then I read this one...
And I think "is there someothing missing here?" and then I think "Oh yeah: what about the FUCKING FISH."
Am I being too sensitive/contrarian? I'm not anti-technological progress, but I get queasy when I hear about how we don't have to worry because SCIENCE will solve everything.
ETA: This isn't quite related, but I've been thinking about the whole zombie craze, and there's this preamble on every Walking Dead book that goes like this:
"How many hours are in a day when you don’t spend half of them watching television? When is that last time any of us REALLY worked to get something that we wanted? How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we WANTED? The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled, no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start to live."
And I think "First World bullshit." It doesn't take a zombie outbreak for billions of people to live like that.