Are we becoming more robotic than the robots we are making?
The current age we find ourselves in today is driven by the artificial. This does not mean that our long-time fear of robots taking over our lives, is ascending. It merely describes humanity’s dependence on technology.
There are many contrasting statements surrounding the technological era we find ourselves in. One thing however is clear, humanity is no longer purely biological beings, nor is technology an empty husk. The lines separating humanity from technology is becoming blurred. Thinking about ‘whole brain emulation’ a term coined by Randal Koene, explaining the process of making an exact computer-simulated copy of the brain of a particular animal, or even human beings (Shanahan, 2015).
There is actually quite an abundance of research towards the mechanical mind. The other thing to keep in mind about humanity is that even though a large number of our species fears technology, we as humanity have been genetically altering our DNA. We have been ‘updating our systems’ for our whole existence (K Weinersmith, 2019).
So, does this ‘updating’ and ‘altering’ affect our thinking? Does Technology have an influence on how frequently we ‘update’? The possibility of the answer being yes to these questions is more likely than you’d think.
Humanity in general is a very routine orientated being, take the fact that we reproduce. Humanity has this cycle that is obeyed until they perish. Technology does the same; interestingly enough humanity has always feared new ideas. Yet ideas are rarely new or even original.
“Memory plays a key role in the generation of ideas. This is because ideas are rarely new. More often than not new ideas are actually a recombination of old ideas or existing thinking” (Watson, 2010).
This is not a solid idea or theory that should be accepted, rather an idea to think about. Humanity and its systematic lifestyle are becoming more and more ‘robotic’, whilst Technology (take in mind the art created by the electric sheep server) are showing more and more signs of deviating from routine.
K Weinersmith, Z.W., 2019. Soon-ish. Great Britian: Penguin Books / Shanahan, M., 2015. The Technological Singularity. Massachusets: MIT Press. / Watson, R., 2010. Future Minds. London: Nicholsa Brealy Publishing