The coming robot dystopia, all too inhuman

July 20, 2015

The July & August 2015 issue of Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations.

As robotic prosthetics enter the mainstream, they will house sensors and cloud connected software that will exceed the human body’s ability to sense, store, and process information.

The first step in what futurists such as Hans Moravec, PhD and Ray Kurzweil have dubbed “transhumanism” — a post-evolutionary transformation that will replace humans with a hybrid of man and machine. It is merely a matter of time before human-robot couplings outperform biological systems.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning might produce the “technological singularity” — computer systems that invent new tech surpassing their original human creators.

Daily life will involve interacting with machines without knowing how much another person is involved in the machine’s response. There will be no room in human-robot systems for us to treat robots one way and humans another, each style of interaction will infect the other.

Moravec sees a post-evolutionary Homo sapiens that will usher in a leisure age of comfort and prosperity. Others envision robotic vessels able to upload human consciousness. Kurzweil explains the singularity will offer people a software based immortality. […]

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