welcome ipso... great first post! I think James Corbett was trying to make a similar point in this interview when he talked about the impact of the technology/surveillance grid on the one world state issue. I agree with you, it's a lot more scary when you factor in the changes that are right around the corner (and/or already here). then again, our history with technology (even pre-PC) would suggest that we can only embrace, adapt and move forward... there's a reason Luddites have such a bad name I still think the issue of strong AI and consciousness is separate (although related). I accept that there will be a lot of folks with chips in their arms and memory enhancers in their skull, but I suspect all this will be a tiny spec on the larger canvas of human consciousness.