No, really, from Georgia Rose at Vice:
Humans, if you hadn’t already noticed, have stopped evolving. As David Attenborough recently reminded us, our species is the first-by our free will-to remove itself from the process of natural selection, therefore stunting evolution. That, accompanied by Steven Hawking and Elon Musk’s theories that robots will supersede human intelligence and become our biggest existential threat, paints a pretty bleak vision of the future.
Neuroscientist Randal Koene has the answer. Instead of allowing robots to become our cold, lifeless overlords, why don’t we just become partially robotic ourselves? Koene is currently working on whole brain emulation, the process of being able to upload our minds to a computer. By mapping the brain, figuring out its mechanisms and replicating this activity in code, humans could-theoretically-live on indefinitely.
I recently gave Randal a call to try and get my head around his ideas. More.
Is it true that we are expected to believe that humans have stopped evolving? Then what about Nick Wade and the Troublesome Inheritance?
Anyway, a friend reminds us that that was the theme of the movie Transcendence.
But, what happens if the support staff make a mistake and scramble a geek’s brain files with the files of the Relationships TV airhead? That’s the frite part, the one we never wanna see. 😉
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