The future… the end of the human era?
Beyond the faster download speeds, the self-driving cars and the non-stop chattering of interconnected gadgetry, what does the technological future hold? (Bear in mind Moore’s law: processing power for computers doubles every two years, i.e. exponentially, and also, the techno-buzzwords ‘transhumanism’ and ‘posthumanism’.):
Leading tech-inventor and Google’s chief futurist, Ray Kurzweil: “Ultimately, we’re going to be dominated by the synthetic neo-cortex. … The mind file will be largely in the cloud. At that point we are a hybrid but the hybridization largely becomes cloud based as we go into the 2040s.”
World Economic Forum, ‘What is the 4th industrial revolution?’: Nita Farahany: “The very idea of human beings as some sort of natural concept is really going to change. Our bodies are going to be so high-tech we really won’t be able to distinguish between what’s natural and what’s artificial. … Once we access people’s thoughts and access people’s emotions…“. Klaus Scwhab: “One of the features of this fourth industrial revolution is that it doesn’t change what we are doing, but it changes us.”
Prof. Vernor Vinge, ‘The Coming Technological Singularity’ (1993): ‘The work that is truly productive is the domain of a steadily smaller and more elite fraction of humanity’. … ‘Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended’.
‘Elon Musk: ”I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI (artificial intelligence) and I think people should be really concerned about it. … AI scares the hell out of me, it’s capable of vastly more than almost anyone knows.’‘
Jay Tuck: ”Survival is an issue for artificial intelligence. It needs to exist to be able to do the things it wants to according to its programmes. So it lays, like, insect eggs, backups and computer programmes all over the world, thousands and thousands of them, so that if we destroy part of it, it’s still alive.”
Sam Harris: ”I’m going to describe how the gains we make in artificial intelligence could ultimately destroy us, and in fact, I think it’s very difficult to see how they won’t destroy us”.
The late Prof. Stephen Hawking: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
From the 18 page 5G letter sent to all MPs: ‘The 5G future is just one of many possible futures the minds of humans could innovate. It has been devised by an unrepresentative, extremely small minority of individuals who are now foisting it upon the entire world. The future they’ve set out to create amounts to a full-scale aberration that is underpinned by their own, not humanity’s, interests and it is glaringly obvious, under even the slightest scrutiny, that the risks posed by this 5G future astronomically outweigh the benefits.’
Obviously, this unrepresentative few, this elite fraction of humanity, receive phenomenally large amounts of funding.