Artificial body, artificial mind?

OK, let me say that in terms of what I’m considering, this is purely in the realms of fantasy at this time. Maybe it will be possible in decades to come, but for now…

When you mention artificial intelligence (AI) to people, it seems to be a love, or hate issue. Some people see it as a massive benefit for all the good it will be able to do, both in a practical, and assistance sense. Others see it as something sinister, controlling, and big brother like. Oh fine, a robot wannabee submissive like me might (alright, would) enjoy being controlled by technology, but lets consider other matters.

The other artificial thing that people are busily trying to create, currently with limited success, is artificial bodies. For disabled people like myself, where it gets interesting would be some combination of both items. Just imagine if people could literally be given a new artificial body, rather than their disabled human one, wouldnt it be tempting to do a swap? I know, for me, a nice chrome robot body would be heaven, but lets assume that in the future, its possible for people to transfer to a human looking, but artificial body, how many disabled people would be tempted? I guess not all, but some would, I’m sure.

As to the AI side of things, I suspect how far that went would make people decide how far to go. If its a literal download of your own mind, into an artificial body, its going to be preferable to one that is purely AI, even if the ‘personality’ is based on yourself? But lets say its a combination thing, it is you, but you need an element of AI, for the artificial body to function, hmm?

I know, me, I’d love the full robot life, but I’m probably in a class of one on that, lol!

But just think, OK, its only a replica of yourself, but no pain issues, full mobility, and all that brings, well? Yes, I know, if only I could, even more so as my body continues to fail of its own accord.

So yes, AI has good points, it has bad points, but overall, what do you think?

Right, video time. Have you ever wondered what a sound check is like, at a pop concert. Well, this is your chance. It does mean you dont get the full song, but you get to see behind the scenes stuff. Besides which, its Seattle, its black and white, so…

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Cant get your eyes off of me!

For several reasons, I cant say too much about something that happened at work yesterday, but fine, after that, seeing this headline this morning, amused me totally.

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/cyborgs-at-work-employees-getting-implanted-with-microchips/ar-BBzhmBF?li=BBoPWjQ

In truth, the main thing that surprised me about this, was the location of the workplace, given that Scandinavia is supposedly one of the more laid back areas of the world, as a whole. If it had been the Far East, especially Japan, now that wouldnt have surprised me so much, but Sweden, seriously…wow! Equally, I suppose that might be a reason why so many workers there are so laid back about having it done!

I actually remember the fuss some years ago, when a Reading University professor, by the name of Kevin Warwick did the same thing to himself, though I believe (if I remember rightly, not checking Google) his was in his arm, not his hand, and at some point, he had it taken back out again, though knowing him, he might have done it again, on a more permanent basis, for all I now know.

I guess it will surprise no one if I say that yes, given the chance, I most definitely would have it done! I know, the article claims its making people into cyborgs, but lets face it, this is less than a pacemaker, or cochlear implant, by far! But fine, I guess some would see this as more sinister, as it allows ‘others’ to track you, but anyway…If it means not fumbling for my pass to get through the door at work, fine by me. I know, it could be more than that, but yes, all the same, I definitely would.

No, I wouldnt see it as the first step to full control over the workers, though I guess some trade unions would definitely see it that way, I suspect? But if the tracking range was limited enough, that it could follow you at work, but not in the outside world, as long as you’re doing no harm, does it matter? Of course, the fun yesterday would have been if someone could have been tracked outside of work, but anyway… Given that seemingly at the moment, this only works at very short distances from readers, you’d be fine!

I know, its a long way from being turned into a robot, but as a first step to cyborg life, count me in! No, I very much doubt I will be applying for a job in Sweden, at this building, sadly. Ah well…

Right, the video. I’ve sort of tweaked the blog title, to make it more apt, but this is still close enough!

What does the future hold?

Yes, I’m going to relate this to human robotisation and the like, but lets start by looking back, and not that far either.

If, 30 years ago, someone had told you that in 2010 we would have had an internet service like we have, that most people in the first world at least would have access to powerful computers, and that you would chat by messenger and forum to people you’ll never know other than through this internet world, you’d have laughed your head off.

And going back a little further, remember those telecommunication devices in Star Trek, and how futuristic they looked, well compare them to modern day mobile phones lol! Basic, arent they? I’m also old enough to remember the introduction of colour TV, and there only being 2 channels to choose from on the TV! Whereas nowadays…

Oh, and go on, say it, cyborgs living on Earth with humans wont happen for years? Think about it, its all about human body enhancement, so what does that make anyone with a cochlear ear implant, heart pacemaker unit, or even replacement knee and hip joints? Laser eye surgery as well technically, but that is a bit more tenuous I guess?

Logical assumption is that human enhancement isnt going to stand still, its going to move even further in the next 30-50 years, thats a fact. The other fact is that at my age, I probably wont see much of it!¬†Will humans actually be transformed into the mindless robots of MC fiction, probably not generally, but in the distant future (40 years or so minimum I guess?) I suspect that certain groups of prisoners may be ‘brainwashed’ into obedient service, even if robotising the body (especially internally) will prove a lot more complex. But I suspect ‘mental robots’ will certainly exist by 2050 or so.

One thing I am sure of, people will look back at our current computing capabilities, and wonder how we coped. Hey, I do that now thinking back to a computer I owned 10 years ago!