Monday, February 13, 2017

Elon Musk: Humans Must Merge with Technology or We Will Become Irrelevant

     Billionaire Tech guy and futurist Elon Musk insists humans must merge with technology in order to remain relevant as the sophistication of artificial intelligence increase. Musk is describing the singularity—the point at which, in order to compete with artificial intelligence, humans will have to become cyborgs. It becomes more difficult each time musk speaks to decide whether he I a wannabe super villain or simply plain crazy.
      We are no where near the singularity point. We do not even understand our own sentience, relying most often on religious and metaphysical explanations for it. The know how to develop artificial intelligence so advanced, humans need to merge with technology to compete is well beyond us. It may be unreachable period.
      Even alarmists who are afraid of our increased dependency on technology must recognize humans are the maintainers of technology. We are not in competition for control. Nor are we on the verge of losing our humanity. For the foreseeable future, singularity is an issue left for science fiction to discussion. One of the reasons I enjoy science fiction is the opportunity to explore such issues. But here in the real world, we should not fret to much over a future we will not likely live to see...if it ever occurs at all.

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