In this honest and frank set of interviews Hugo de Garis speaks on a huge range of topics from cyborgs and their possible impacts on global society, to early human augmentations and how they could serve to cause humanity to redefine what it is to be human. de Garis never pulls punches when it comes to expressing his point of view, in fact it much of what he has to say may seem abhorrent to some, nevertheless here he shares his views seemingly without filter, speaking on the power of high technology and it’s transformative effects on individuals around the world as well as those that are threatened by the current pace of technological change in the pre Singularity era.
Cyborgs, Early Human Augmentations
The Power of Technology, Industrial Revolution vs The Singularity, Luddites
Approaches to AI, Neuroscience, Engineering, intelligence Theory, Cyborgs
The Singularity – Species Dominance, World Views, Majority, Deism
Many believe the exponential accelerating pace of technological development will eventually lead to a Technological Singularity. For the first time we will have the ability to create machines endowed with super intelligence and possibly consciousness. The prospect of such a reality evokes fascination and hope in some while stirring fear and paranoia in others. The coming technological singularity is poised to create one of the most divisive debates humanity has ever undertaken. Some scholars like Hugo de Garis, believe that it could lead to a war what he calls an “Artilect War” making the nuclear arms race of the last century pale in comparison. In a world divided between homo-sapiens, cybernetically augmented humans and super intelligent “Artilects” or (artificial intellects) species dominance could come to define the nature of all global politics. According to de Garis ; “this will be the worst, most passionate war that humanity has ever known, because the stakes – the survival of our species have never been so high.”: Source Forbes
In the documentary “Building Gods” film maker Ken Gumbs explores the implications of creating “god like” super intelligent machines. The film includes interviews with a theologian, a philosopher, a “brain builder” and a researcher that has conducted several successful cybernetic proof of concept procedures on himself.