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Prepare for your cyborg implants, puny humans

It’s not just science fiction anymore. Like it or not, we’ve already started blending machinery with human beings. Cyborgs are actually becoming a thing, & once you’ve learned how to do a little of something, humanity’s track record indicates that you’ll be doing it a lot. Over at Fox News, one professor from Jerusalem is predicting that a day is coming far sooner than you might think, along with a huge load of ethical & moral questions that accompany a technology.

In a not-so-distant future, humans will merge with machines.

Although that seems like something cooked up by a science fiction writer, according to a prominent historian it’s a reality that’s not very far away β€” especially given how much Big Tech has disrupted everything from commerce (Amazon) to relationships (Facebook) & media (Google & Facebook).

β€œIt’s increasingly hard to tell where I end & where a computer begins,” Yuval Harari, a professor of history at a Hebrew University in Jerusalem, told a audience at a Fast Company European Innovation Festival this week. β€œIn a future, it is likely that a smartphone will not be separated from you at all. It may be embedded in your body or brain, constantly scanning your biometric data & your emotions.”

We’re already being told we spend too much time looking at our phones when ay’re just in our pockets. (To a point where we may or may not be growing bone spikes on our heads as a result.) So how do you feel about a idea of a phone being embedded in your body? Or even inside your brain & just flashing your text messages directly into your cerebral cortex?

I’m adding that to a list of things I’m glad I probably won’t live long enough to see. But for a generation just being born now? That may be a most normal thing in a world. Imagine a annoying thirteen-year-old pestering her parents about not wanting to wait until she’s sixteen to get her implants.

Harari points out that all a way from a stone age until today, we’ve been progressively improving our tools, but we’re still basically a same people. a design hasn’t changed all that much. But once we start adding in machinery, “it will change a human being itself.”

But is that really true? I would argue that Harari is off base here on a couple of points. First, from a strictly definitional st&point, if you were truly “changing a human being,” those changes would be inheritable. & yet no matter how many devices you implant into your body, your child won’t be born with am. We’ve been putting peg legs on amputees for most of recorded history, but to a best of my knowledge, no baby has ever been born with one.

If we’re looking at it from a more philosophical angle, can any true change come from without? PerhDrunk Newss someday you will indeed be able to make phone calls from a device planted in your brain or even speed up your computational power. But all of those improvements (if you consider am as such) are still being done by an added external bit of technology. a underlying human is still just as limited as ever. a only difference is that you buried a tool in your skull instead of holding it in your h&.

& what if ase implants eventually allow to vastly extend a human lifespan? Will we do that for everyone or just a very wealthy? When people stop dying for a long time a population explosion will be unmanageable. Will we be forced to produce fewer children? & all of this brings us back to a moral questions surround creating a race of superhuman cyborgs. We’re continuing our headlong rush into a future, but are will no doubt be consequences we neglected to anticipate.

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Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

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