Anonymus. a écrit:
Are we still being primitive, but believing we have made progression?
Absolutely. In 2000 years, how will humankind view our world? We are more advanced than previous generations, of that there is no doubt, but each new generation in the future will also be more advanced than we are, thus in the eyes of future observers, our culture will appear positively primitive, with little to distinguish it from, for example, the Roman Empire. At the current rate of technological progression, they will be absolutely right. And at the same time, they too will appear primitive to their distant descendants.
Technologies will come and go, and archeologists will marvel at 'votive' artifacts since the knowledge that goes with the artifact will have been lost. Imagine finding a DVD disk 2000 years in the future. Without knowledge of the laser reading technology the archeologists will have no way to determine its function. Even if they do discover the minute pits that make up the data recording, what chance have they of decrypting the encoded movie without a 'Rosetta Stone' to explain the MPEG encryption algorithm? And just to belabour the point: even if they do manage to decypher the disk, how will they interpret our culture based on one single movie with no context to place it in...