Elon Musk recently remarked about a future in which humans must, to use his word, “merge” with robots in order to have a competitive advantage. These human-robots would be some sort of “cyborg” (to use his word).
We asked our community via our newsletter whether they agree with Musk and think that we should be merging humans and robots to create what he referred to as “cyborgs”? We got a great turn out and heard many very intriguing opinions. So far, we heard that 55% thought we should be merging with robots, 20% thought that it depends, and 25% thought we shouldn’t. If you hadn’t already, please fill out the survey yourself.
Some highlights from each response include:
-“We are already robots. Just watch people walking around with their eyes transfixed on their control screens, I mean phones.”
-“You could imagine that a human in a car is a human merged with a robot.”
-“A mind connected to machines means a mind connected to the internet – we will all have instant, telepathic access to the entirety of human knowledge. A mind connected to a completely free and open internet can communicate beyond language and instantaneously, effectively making us telepathic in our communication. Telepathic instantaneous communication destroys any barriers between minds, effectively making us one mind. This will destroy anything that makes us individual and human. However, what I feel is more likely is that our minds will be connected to an internet that is subject to some form of control or censorship. Our paths of communication will be controlled by the powers that be and in turn our ideas leading to complete mind control. A mind connected to a machine becomes a tool of the machine and in turn a tool of whoever or whatever controls the machine (be that an AI, a collective mind, or a higher mind).”
-“We must stay in control of the computers , AI and robots – already people whose work relies a lot on computers are losing their ability to judge & apply common sense solutions – just look at Customer Services … down that path lies disaster. But used well AI can do wonders. God introduced AI via human progression in much the same way as we are tested with alcohol & drugs – used wisely & with control they can help .. used randomly & in excess to fix problems they bite back.”
-“Humans controlling robots is one way of “merging” with robots. Physical-biological interface is not necessary, but may be “better” for the individual, so an ethical question of whether to allow it without restrictions.”Published in