Summary: Humans could combine with artificial intelligence in the future to create “part organic, part mechanic cyborgs of sorts” according to Professor David J. Gunkel, an expert in robot ethics at Northern Illinois University in Chicago.
Original author and publication date: James Bickerton – Feb. 15, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: I still remember when I thought that the Borgs in Star Trek were just a fantasy and will remain just a fantasy. Yet, it seem they will be real very soon.
From the article:
Professor Gunkel argued the “actual legal standing” of robots has “not been decided”, but added this is likely to become a big issue in the next few decades. The academic added that in the future he expects “lots of contentious debate” over the extent to which humans should be allowed to augment their bodies with technology.
Speaking to Express.co.uk Professor Gunkel said: “I would say right now we are already augmenting ourselves with artificial devices that increase our capacities and capabilities.
“We all carry them [mobile phones] around in our pockets or have them in our purses.
“That’s a kind of external memory device, an external brain, that augments our own cognitive abilities.
“I think the future is going to be not an us verses them, but an us and them.
“We work together and become this collaborative hybrid being that is part organic, part mechanic, a cyborg of sorts.
“At one time putting a pacemaker in your body would be considered weird by a lot of people and now it’s just standard practice.
“As more of this technology becomes acceptable and accessible that line will move in the direction of permitting greater augmentation within our bodies and less of us will be concerned about it.”
Professor Gunkel claimed the impact of developments in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) over the past few decades on humans has been gradual.
He explained: “Science fiction sells us this image of the robot as being this humanoid thing that enters our world
and may even endanger our world as you see in some of the more dramatic scenarios.
“I think in reality the incursion of robots into our world has been kind of like the fall of Rome. It’s not been dramatic.
“It’s been a slow incursion where everyday more and more autonomous type technologies take over more of our operation – some of the heavy lifting of decision making, recommendations, running various operations in our businesses and in our home life.”