posted on Jul, 16 2014 @ 04:22 PM
Machines tend to do our physical work. Over time, they seem to do more and more.
Will the same hold true for computers? Will they do more and more mental work?
So if we do less and less physical and mental work... what will we be reduced to? Gamers? Oblivious and useless like in Wall-E? Will our physical body
and mind become shriveled up and unused?
However, that kind of thinking is too generalize. We still do physical work. We've just given over to machines some of it. We will do the same with
computers for our mental work. What's really happening is we're moving our focus from one set of things to another. So rather than tilling a field all
day we have time do more mentally challenging tasks. And rather than spending our time spotting defected product on an assembly line or piecing it
together by hand (something traditionally only humans can do reliably), we can spend our time doing more rich and engaging things.
And even as computers do more and more mental work, we will be using them to improve our own brain and productivity. We won't sit idly as computers
become better and better and overcome is, we will continually improve ourselves. We will in hte long run probably combine ourselves to some extent
with the machines and computers to keep ourselves useful. Sort of like how we wear glasses or use a machine like an extension of our body.
I think one day there'll be a form of biosynthetics for our body that's a combination of biological and synthetic material systems. We will combine
the best of both worlds in our pursuit of a better circumstance. It won't just appear in prosthetic devices for the disabled, but will increasingly
become commonplace as these augmentations become more modular and also enhance what we do. The division between what we wear and what's inside us will
blue somewhat, but it's really just a meeting between the biological and the manmade.
It's a mistake to think humankind cannot improve on nature. We already do in numerous occasions, we just don't label it that way. When a bone breaks
and nature would fail to heal it steadily and properly, we hand over the some of the control to our doctors. This is not improving on nature by
replacing it but by working with it when cooperation is beneficial. And neither can one completely replace nature because one cannot be a closed
system. One must always cooperate with nature in some way.
edit on 16-7-2014 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)