The day when the themes of Human vs AI covered in the classic futuristic movie Bladerunner will become reality are fast approaching
Scientists have already learnt how to remote control rats and control whether bulls charge a matador via electrodes in their brain. By 2029 Ray Kurzweil predicts computer intelligence will equal the power of the human brain and this will revolutionise humanity – we will be able to download our minds to computers extending our lives indefinitely
On the other hand noted scientists like Professor Dr. Hugo de Garis (Head of the Artificial Intelligence Group, Wuhan University China) are very worried because of the downside risks and think that Kurzweil is naive for many reasons including because:
- Much of the backing for brain machine interfaces comes from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) – for whom harnessing the research of brain machine scientists offers the hope of future military advantage
- Advancing AI may lead to oblivion by giving rise to ultra intelligent machines which give human beings the flick
De Garis even claims that right now the Unabomber “[Ted] Kaczynski’s considered a psychotic crazy guy but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if in time he’ll be seen as some kind of hero” for his one man stand against technology.
Have scientists crossed the boundaries of acceptable research or will technology’s accelerating power transform us for the better?
Are we on the road to immortality or oblivion?
Watch BBC Horizon’s documentary “Human v2.0″ to decide for yourself (RSS subscribers will have to click through to this article to view the embedded video below)