posted on Feb, 21 2009 @ 01:05 AM
That was quite entertaining!
And I do share his views on where we are heading.
I hold to the concept that we may end up handing ourselves over to a new species we create, which would be inherently partly artificial.
The way I see it, as he mentioned, we begin replacing parts of ourselves, at first due to damage and deficiencies.
But then the healthy will catch on, they will want to have these superior augmentations. It will naturally become a matter of competition in many
aspects, from military to economical.
At which point many would decide that rather than tailor make the augmentations to fit our bodies... why not tailor make our bodies to be ready for
Now I'm not just referring to limbs, guts, and sensory organs... I'm referring to that which is much more disturbing, at least to our generation.
Think of it, instead of carrying that PDA around with you, or that GPS, that blackberry... why not just tie it directly into our brains?
At first it would be simple. A link to your optic nerves, your auditory nerves, and the areas responsible for motor control.
... over time it would become even further interlaced with who we are.
Taking over aspects of our thought. Why calculate your taxes in your head, or even on a calculator. Just think that you want to, and bam... the answer
is calculated for you and re-planted back into your own memory.
... why stop there? Why use your own biological memory at all? Heck, tailor make a generation with no memory centers in the brain at all, just make it
ready to accept the artificial variant.
Eventually coming to the point when we want our little tech demon in our heads to be able to help us make decisions... or, to make the majority of our
decisions for us.
Just switch it off when it's time to go on vacation. With the incredible amount of work that implant just did for you while you mentally slumbered
away, you'll have plenty of money to go on vacation right?
Wrong. There will be plenty of others with these upgrades, all competing with each other.
Eventually, to compete to survive, you will have to hand total control over to the upgrade. The human consciousness might be able to stick around for
perhaps a couple of generations as a passenger... until we forget why we even want to stick around at all.
But don't fear.
Just because humans as we are now will be "extinct" doesn't mean our replacements won't be worthy of carrying on our legacy.
Personally, I can't see the present version of humans sticking around for long. We're entering a time where we ultimately decide who and what we
... and with that ability, comes the realization that replacement is the next step in advancement.