Friday, June 10, 2016
If you can't beat them... (part 5)
Elon Musk has said that humans are already cyborgs. The world's first government-recognized human cyborg is a man named Neil Harbisson, who has an implanted antenna that enables him to “hear” colors. Musk has pointed out that we are interfacing through email, texts, video-chat, and other instant forms of communication using various devices, and this has essentially already made us cyborgs. It isn't a big step for us to start integrating that same technology into our bodies. While technologies are pursued to make robots more human, many of these same advancements are being considered for humans. Robots are becoming more biological, but aren't we becoming more...robotic? It is likely that we will be exchanging and sharing parts and systems with robots someday. Artificial Intelligence has already passed the Turing test—the AI was considered indistinguishable from an actual human. In the future, the line between humanity and machine may become so blurred that we might not be able to discern the difference. Musk's belief that we will soon adopt neural lacing so we can “output” as fast as a machine addresses the fear of a robot apocalypse in a very simple way: If you can't beat them, join them.