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Being human and enhancing intelligence

Key idea:  “I’m not a techno-romantic person. But I believe that technology could solve our most complex problems though in the process sometimes it would raise legal, ethical, and social issues. “

Original author and publication date: Narain Batra (Valley News) – July 30, 2022

Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Will we (humans) be able to enhance our own intelligence using the technology we develop so we don’t need to think for ourselves anymore?

From the article:   

Climate change, reproductive freedoms, school safety, random gun violence and other conundrums cry out for technologically innovative solutions. When policy wonks and lawmakers are at loggerheads, technology might come to our rescue.

Human beings won’t be replaced, but their capabilities could be enhanced multifold by technologies with embedded intelligence systems. Just think how NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has given us a glimpse into the early universe with its sharp and deep infrared photos. We do not know what impact, if any, it would have on our daily lives but there’s no doubt that more than the political dramas being played out in the Capitol, our future is being determined by technologies including information communications technology (ICT), artificial intelligence (AI), nanotechnology, space technology, biotechnology and quantum computing.

There’s no endgame in technology. The gun powder, printing press, the steam engine, the telegraph, the Internet, the mobile phone, for example, have been determinants of history.

Technologies’ disruptive potential on societies should not be underestimated. In the early days of globalization, for example, technology pushed jobs offshore to take advantage of cheap skilled labor. Capitalism loves cheap labor. But jobs in the future would be lost not to countries with cheap skilled labor, but to networked systems with man-machine embedded intelligence, which would require a new kind of skilled workforce, people who could work with semi-autonomous smart systems.

And no one is more eager to develop smart intelligent systems than the US Military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to upend the military’s first response capabilities and keep the nation out of danger as much as possible. They call it Early Awareness System (EAS), which is different from Early Warning System (EWS). In EAS, you imagine and calculate probabilities of developments that might happen, foreseeing events that might occur, and take appropriate proactive measures. In EWS, on the other hand, you deal with developments that have already taken place. The concept of first response capabilities based on embedded intelligence and early awareness system is finding applications in business, law enforcement and anti-terrorism.

Technologies are seldom stand-alone in this age of digital networking. They have a recombinant potential and tend to converge with others to form newer technologies, which could be used in ways the original inventors never imagined.

A new world of sensate surroundings in which nothing would remain incommunicado is arising. Based on the convergence of sensor and intelligent technologies, law enforcement and anti-terrorism experts have been dealing with terrorism, among other problems, in altogether different ways and perhaps more effectively.

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