Building a better Human
In 1998 Kevin
Warwick put a silicon chip in his left arm, enabling the computer of the
University of Reading, where he teaches, to track him down, open doors and
switch on the light for him. His next experiment will involve a chip which is
connected to his nervous system, a radical step toward linking the brain and
devices beyond a heart pacemaker.
human skin and bones.
prosthetics (retinal implants restoring vision in damaged eyes).
believe that Cyborgs will be possible in about 50 years.
Do we assimilate
machines or do they assimilate us?
Under the title ‘The
Future doesn’t need us’ Bill Joy, chief scientist at Sun Microsystems,
described advances in three fields: genetic engineering, nanotechnology and
robotics. All three of them bearing great dangers as well as huge
profits for the human race.
engineering: gene therapy (cure cancer).
of novel plants and new viruses.
self replicating machines.
All three of them
are based on the continued growth of computing power enabling us in 10 years to
calculate tasks that take a lifetime today to be carried out in half an our.
The problem is
that technology advances faster as the human race can adapt to the new
situation ending in a technological Armageddon if we don’t slow down technical
progress or speed up our development. Imagine nanotechnological viruses that
wipe clean the planet or self replicating robots that displace human beings.
But to think 50
years ahead is too much in today’s quick progress, so if someone is concerned
that Frankensteins monster is programmed somewhere on this earth, this concern
is probably misplaced, ends Joy.
2001: Why HAL
When it comes to a
single machine mastering dozens of humanlike capabilities the picture of
artificial intelligence was overdone but today we are surrounded by a wide
range of artificial interactive connected intelligent computers.