Do humans need to merge with machines to survive the robot apocalypse?
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Do humans need to merge with machines to survive the robot apocalypse?

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Elon Musksays humans would likely merge with machines in the near-future to remain competitive against increasingly powerful A.I. Musk, like other transhumanists, believe human potential and productivity could increase by huge amounts if we could interface with technology more effortlessly. Today, humans are essentially limited to fingers. Critics of the idea say tinkering with human biology is dangerous and shedding our humanity could lead to disastrous consequences. What do you think?

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The technology will be here sooner than you think. These advances in technology will provide solutions to things that were previously thought impossible, but they'll also raise incredibly hard and difficult questions about humanity.

What's drawing us forward is the lure of solutions to previously intractable problems, the prospect of advantageous enhancements to our inborn abilities, and the promise of improvements to the human condition. But as we stride into a future that will give our machines unprecedented roles in virtually every aspect of our lives, we humans - alone or even with the help of those machines - will need to wrangle some tough questions about the meaning of personal agency and autonomy, privacy and identity, authenticity and responsibility. Questions about who we are and what we want to be.

In 2004, the editors at Foreign Policy asked eight leading scholars what they thought was the world's 'most dangerous idea.' Francis Fukuyama answered with "transhumanism"the idea that inevitable progression of humans is to modify and augment the body in order to move beyond physical limitations. Fukuyama does not see the human body as a limitation. It's what makes humans human.

Nobody knows what technological possibilities will emerge for human self-modification. But we can already see the stirrings of Promethean desires in how we prescribe drugs to alter the behavior and personalities of our children. The environmental movement has taught us humility and respect for the integrity of nonhuman nature. We need a similar humility concerning our human nature. If we do not develop it soon, we may unwittingly invite the transhumanists to deface humanity with their genetic bulldozers and psychotropic shopping malls.

Nick Bostrom, a leading transhumannist thinker, replied to Fukuyama's argument with an essay of his own. The core idea of transhumanism is that it is an individual's choice to pursue augmentation or not. Transcending humanity is about improving the lives of individuals through technology.

More precisely, transhumanists advocate increased funding for research to radically extend healthy lifespan and favor the development of medical and technological means to improve memory, concentration, and other human capacities. Transhumanists propose that everybody should have the option to use such means to enhance various dimensions of their cognitive, emotional, and physical well-being. Not only is this a natural extension of the traditional aims of medicine and technology, but it is also a great humanitarian opportunity to genuinely improve the human condition.

The fact is artificial intelligence is coming, and the job displacements caused by its arrival will happen. Augmenting humans with technology could be a viable way to address the issues the A.I. revolution will create.

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