EDITORIAL: Becoming Post-human
By admin on Sep 13, 2008 | In Human Survival
Human Intelligence Amplification (HIA), Space Migration, and Life Extension
My thinking is that our best hope for surviving the Technological Singularity is Artificial intelligence (AI) integration with human intelligence, for a Human Intelligence Amplification (HIA) capability.
In this scenario we humans expand outward by Space Migration and Life Extension using artificial intelligence to amplify our own human intelligence. In the process, we then become Post-humans (super human intelligent, immortal, and god-like).
Leading up to this should be the development of planet size ?human-computer-mind-groups? as interface delays approach zero. It should be noted that this does not exclude the existence of pure AI beings, or Virtual Humans, or Mind Uploading, or Cyborgs, or a "Virtuality" Software Earth.
As a result, colonization of the solar system should accelerate, followed by subsequent travel to nearby stars. This will transform humanity (i.e. Transhumanism) into a star traveling species of advance human origins potential reaching the Omega Point.
Some Basic Assumptions:
That the approaching Technological Singularity is real and its effects upon society and the definition of being human will be significantly felt within three to four decades.
That a recognizable human species will survive this singularity.
It is entirely possible that one or more combinations of potential perils to humanity (see: The Survival of Humanity) leads to our extinction (an "Extinction Singularity") or setback so severe that a technological dark age follows and the possibility of a near term singularity is delayed or completely nullified.
This also assumes that there is no public or private contact with advance Alien Species; leading to profound change in our knowledge, and/or behavior, which either derails the singularity or leapfrogs it.
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