Before humans and machines reach an olympian final face off sometime in the distant future, we'll probably go through phases of evolving coexistence.
The first phase will come with an explosion in human capability. Robotics, nanotechnology and synthetic biology will allow us to program our bodies to live longer, stronger and better lives.
The second is the evolution of the cyborg phase. Cyborgs are beings with 'both organic and biomechatronic body parts' and this will lead to a merger of biological intelligence and machine intelligence -- the era of the brain/computer interface.
Enhancement of our cognitive and sensory abilities, known as transhumanism, or the symbiosis between humans and machines (supported by Elon Musk) will lead us into the third phase in which machines become human -- to the point where we can't distinguish one from the other. (Yes, like in 'Blade Runner'. There's a small dose of fiction in every reality).
Maybe a 100 years from now we'll get to the point where we can't distinguish humans from machines and machines from humans. Or maybe not. It's up to us.
Let's see where we are today.
What's changing: Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Virtual wearables: how the world will come to life in our very hands. 9 minute read
Rewriting genetic code will give athletes the edge. Is this the future of sports? (and is it cheating?) 6 minute read
The blind love Alexa. With voice-activated devices, everybody is more human. 7 minute read
We almost forgot! This memory prosthesis boots your memory 40%. 7 minute read
Meet the cyborg rights movement. 5 minute read
Chatty machines will get us talking. Who doesn't like a good conversation with a robot? 5 minute read
Maybe the secret for the future of human relationships is to put a dishwasher robot in every household. It turns out that doing the dishes is the main cause of tension for couples. 2 minute read
Have you talked to your book lately? Google makes it possible. 5 minute demo
Ultimately, the question could be 'what does it mean to be human?' 4 minute read
"Allowing machines to modify their own model of the world and themselves may create "conscious" machines, where the measure of consciousness may be taken to be the number of uses of feedback loops between a class calculus' model of the world and the results of what its robots actually caused to happen in the world."
Professor Daniel J. Buehrer on The Next Web
Food for thought
A class of philosophies of life that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and human limitations by means of science and technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values.
Curated with curiosity by Iñaki Escudero, Future Activist @inakiescudero