The agenda to push towards Transhumanism is on course. It has now been reported by the House of Lords that within 20 years A.I. implants will allow us to control our homes, enhance our muscles, cells and repair our bodies.
John McNamara, who works at IBM Hursley Innovation Centre, in Hampshire, presented evidence to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee, which is considering the economic, ethical and social implications of the giant leap into using A.I. “We may see AI nano-machines being injected into our bodies,” he told peers according to the Telegraph.
These will provide huge medical benefits, such as being able to repair damage to cells, muscles, and bones – perhaps even augment them. Beyond this, utilising technology which is already being explored today we see the creation of technology that can meld the biological with the technological, and so be able to enhance human cognitive capability directly, potentially offering greatly improved mental, as well as being able to utilise vast quantities of computing power to augment our own thought processes. Using this technology, embedded in ourselves and in our surroundings, we will begin to be able to control our environment with thought and gestures alone.
He also expressed concern as I have that A.I. could take away jobs bringing a “huge disruption” to those working in the retail and service sectors. “Whereas today, being poor means being unable to afford the latest smartphone, tomorrow this could mean the difference between one group of people potentially having an extraordinary uplift in physical ability, cognitive ability, health, life span and another much wider group that do not,” McNamara said. Loss of jobs isn’t the only problem that the implementation of artificial intelligence will cause there is also the very real possibility of creating an Orwellian nightmare where there are pre-crime detection devices.