I'm reading 'The Singularity Is Near' at the moment. Kurzweil seems a little overenthusiastic but it's hard to find fault in his reasoning, I'm convinced that these sort of technologies are coming sooner rather than later. It might seem a bit unnatural or un-human or icky to some people thinking about it now, but when the time comes and you have to make the choice between accepting these technologies and rejecting them and staying 100% 'human' I don't think there'll be many people opting for an early and unnecessary death.
I had a dream the other night about a mechanical exoskeleton that was controlled by the mind of a quadriplegic. When he woke up in the morning a machine would get him out of bed and put him into the mecha. Then later it got upgraded to an endoskeleton that was implanted over his muscles so that he could move again. Connected to the part of the spinal cord that still worked. It was a good dream.
So I think using bionics, when necessary, is good. But if they take over us it won't be so good. I think we'll still be human, even mechanical bits included. (Does an amputee consider himself less than human just because of his artificial limb?) But to be DEPENDENT on them when it's unnecessary would suck. For instance if you get bionic eyes when your real eyes are just fine. You'd be dependent on the company for upgrades and who knows what kind of unwanted crap will come with it. Like ads filtering in. Argh.
I envision in the future that robotics and technology will play a more and more important role in our society. We would one day intergrate technology(non-biological components) into our own bodies. Would make us less human?
human mind robot body. sorta places you a little outside the human experience that many participate in, touch, smell, seeing,taste and sound. possibly?
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Do you support implanting machine parts into the human body to improve our abilities and performance, or do you oppose it? Would this move us more and more towards the Borg and less human?
will technology homogenize the human experience, and take away our individuality making us borg like? good question. possibly
legs and arms, fine but the brain? that is up to the individual.......could you imagine chatting with someone and seeing pop ups from visa or valtrex in your mind? i can see people taking liberties with advertising. maybe going back into your old memories and making their products glow brighter. imagine thinking about your moms final days, you and her but now suddenly in the corner, an extremely bright red can of pepsi and a bottle of mr clean. THIS MEMORY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY PEPSI.
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As technology advances, I'd expect it to get smaller, more complex and more sophisticated until it rivals cells and 'life'. I'd argue we must integrate technology into ourselves as that's the only way to keep it human.
What would you prefer? A super-intelligent human, or a super-intelligent machine?
I am all for it as long as it is a voluntary thing, and I see it being very commonplace. Unfortunately, I'm certain that the technology will be used against people's wills, and not necessarily for their benefit.
As for making humans more cyborg-like or whatever, I think we are a century or two away from attaining significant technology in that regard, disregarding exogenous limiting of technological advancement.
I see control of dysfunctional organs happening within 50 years, given the simplicity of their neuronal control. Integrating chips with the CNS I think, if even possible, would take many, many centuries (nearing a millennium). Personally I think that humans are not intelligent enough to be able to ever manipulate the brain; the best we can hope for is just to fully understand how it works, which will be a feat on its own. I see artificial eyes as a very likely possibility though. The sensory aspect of the brain is not so much the problem in my opinion, but motor output is just way too complex. Even when improving human attributes becomes possible, there will many limitations. Like the mechanical limitations of increased strength on our skeletal systems, so no superstrength
And as for the hacking of the chips, I think with the future emerging of quantum computers, it will be an absolute impossibility to hack anything.