The age of the cyborg has begun – and the consequences cannot be known

Artificial Intelligence , Culture, Philosophy, and Humanity , Human Futures and AI , Rudy de Waele

Interesting interview by The Guardian with Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens – a big history narrative of human civilisation, from how we developed from hunter-gatherers to how we organise our society and economy today. The author says that the future of life on Earth is now, worryingly, in the hands of a very small group of entrepreneurs.

The “next revolution”, as Harari sees it, the latest in a line that began with the cognitive revolution and takes in the agricultural revolution and the scientific revolution, is what is happening in the biotech field, in artificial intelligence.

“When people talk about merging with computers to create cyborgs, it’s not some prophecy about the year 2200. It’s happening right now. More and more of our reality exists within computers or through them.”

But this is only the start of it. For the first time in history, “we will see real changes in humans themselves – in their biology, in their physical and cognitive abilities”. And while we have enough imagination to invent new technologies, we are unable to foresee their consequences.

Read the full article on The Guardian.

Posted by Rudy de Waele / @mtrends / shift2020.com

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