The human race has a very long way in a short time, but what is that to the angle changes everything we thought we knew about humanity.
Modern medicine and rapidly advancing technology have seen ourselves evolve from the early days of the hunter-gatherers, and now the same factors are working in the direction of seeing the introduction of the “supermen” in our society.
The core of the development is the designer bodies using DNA manipulation and human/AI-hybrids, both of which were highlighted during the second Government Summit in Dubai.
CHANGING YOUR DNA
Imagine that you are able to choose as your unborn child to be male or female, their height, weight and even athletic.
Now imagine the hacking of our memories or the make of our body is able to thrive in extreme environments where survival was previously impossible.
These are both quickly becoming a reality, according to founder and director of the Life Sciences Project at Harvard Business School, Juan Enriquez.
Allowing people to become masters of their DNA is something that can be achieved using a gene editing technique known as CRISPR — a simple but powerful tool for easy change of DNA sequences and change of gene function.
“These tools, such as CRISPR, let us edit in real-time life on a large scale,” Enriquez said, according to the Futurism. “We are rewriting the sentences of life for our purposes.”
He said that these techniques, you will soon see that we live in a world of “unrandom selection.”
“Instead of that the nature select what lives here, I’m going to select what lives here,” he said. “The science that used to be the discovery, now it is all over the creation.”
The academic said more than the athletes from the birth, the technology would greatly increase the amount of lives that can be saved on a daily basis.
“You can make the world the flu vaccine in a week instead of a year. And by the way, this is no longer theoretical,” Enriquez said.
With the likes of Elon Musk and NASA to work toward getting humans to colonize Mars, he said gene editing plays a vital role in this.
“Why would anyone want to do this,” Enriquez asked. “Because, at heart, we are explorers. We have to control our own evolution if we want to even think about getting it somewhere else.”
THE HUMAN/AI HYBRIDS
To edit our genomes in order to thrive in extreme environments will be useless if we can’t come up with a way for human and artificial intelligence merge.
At least that is the belief of the famous futurist Ian Pearson, who said that something should be done for Artificial Intelligence is “billions of times” smarter than the human race.
“The fact is that the AI can go further than humans, can be billions of times smarter than humans at this point,” he said.
“So we really need to make sure that we have some other way of keeping. The way to protect against that is the link that AI to your brain so that you have the same IQ … if the computer.”
In the same World Government Summit of the year prior, Elon Musk also suggested the human and the AI should merge.
“After some time, I think we probably have a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence,” Musk said in February 2017.
“It is mostly about the bandwidth to the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, in particular the output.”
Since the notes, Musk has even founded a company called Neuralink, which is designed to make this a reality.
During his speech, Pearson said he agreed with Musk’s comments and praised the work that is done by a Neuralink.
“I don’t actually think that it is safe, just as Elon Musk … for the development of these superhuman computers until we have a direct link to the human brain,” he said.
Or it is self-driving taxis, or service, and hospitality robots, one of the biggest concerns of the AI is the risk to the human workers.
But the co-founder of Google’s secretive X laboratory believes, there is nothing to worry about.
During his speech at the summit, Sebastian Thurn said he foresaw a future in which humans and AI would merge, turning humans into “superhuman employees.”
“AI is a tool and what AI can be really very good in getting rid of repetitive work,” he said, reported CNBC.
“So, if you are an employee, for example, a doctor or a lawyer who spends day in and day out to do the same, then having the AI look over your shoulder and learn the skills you will be a superhuman, a more powerful person.
“Now, that means that some jobs will disappear, very repetitive work, of course. But it will be replaced by creative work, so we have to move from a repetitive work of the society in a creative society where we invent new things.”
This story was previously published in the news.com.au.