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Will man merge with machines in the future ?


Posted on Monday, 1 November, 2010 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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As technology gets more and more sophisticated will we one day become one with machines ?

From augmented vision to improved artificial limbs, as our technology advances so too does the opportunity to better ourselves.

"By the 2020s, middle-aged people in rich countries might see farther, run faster and look better than they did as youngsters."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Silent Earth on 1 November, 2010, 18:38
Haha, that sounds so cool!
Comment icon #5 Posted by earlizd1 on 2 November, 2010, 0:55
its not a matter of "if" it's a matter of "when"
Comment icon #6 Posted by Drev on 2 November, 2010, 1:50
I think it'll be bio-engineerd tissue we're gonna merge with, I really don't see the purpose in merging with machines.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker on 2 November, 2010, 2:53
Merging with machines is already happening. There are people with brain implants that help them hear, see and control computers. Last week, historian Ian Morris revealed how, at the end of the last Ice Age, a simple accident of geography gave the West the advantages that led to it dominating the world for the past two centuries. I don't think that he ever did explain what he meant in this sentence. I looked over the article by I did not see where Geography gave the West an advantage. Anyone else see it? I agree with the guy that says by 2030 we will be able to download into a computer. I won't... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Pseudo Intellectual on 2 November, 2010, 3:16
I don't think that he ever did explain what he meant in this sentence. I looked over the article by I did not see where Geography gave the West an advantage. Anyone else see it? That's the first thing that came to my mind. It's as if they were three random, meaningless paragraphs intended to fill up space. But I just did a quick Bing search for “Ian Morris east west” and found a lot of results about “Why the West rules - for now”, “East & West, Today & Tomorrow”, and similar things.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ThePitOfReason on 2 November, 2010, 5:16
I doubt you will ever be uploaded into a computer but a copy of your mind and every memory and personality may reach being uploaded. Is that living forever? Well it depends on how you look at it. And it depends on the mind uploaded. It would be a blessing to salvage the minds of many people even if it is just a copy. We may be a copy now and not even know it. I smell a Freejack on the way call Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger and Rene Russo time for part two.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Alchera on 2 November, 2010, 17:59
Still no flying cars? The end of the article reminds me of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cF4p_pMfcs
Comment icon #11 Posted by Grey Area on 3 November, 2010, 23:00
This is not new. We have been wearing specs for centuries, using prosthetic limbs for even longer, modern medicine now provides ocular implants, and prosthetics that can interface with nerve endings, metal plates are commonly used to repair and strengthen bones, and not forgetting of course silicon used to enlarge breasts. I could go on. It is not difficult to see the direction things are going. I think some of the article is a little off. Weapon technology has plateaued a bit, and although a modern assault rifle may seem light years ahead of a 17th century musket the principles behind them ha... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Falthin on 3 November, 2010, 23:46
The movement that currently is going strong with this is called transhumanism thar can be defined as an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve human mental and physical characteristics and capacities. The movement regards aspects of the human condition, such as disability, suffering, disease, aging, and involuntary death as unnecessary and undesirable. Transhumanists look to biotechnologies and other emerging technologies for these purposes. Dangers, as well as benefits, are also of concern to the transhumanist movement. It look... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Grey Area on 4 November, 2010, 13:59
What worries me is that this technology can be forced on people, suppressing even more our rights. You are right there, and in more ways than one I think. If as the article states, the military are looking at implants for soldiers to speed up thought processes and provide thought based communications, then it is only a matter of time before these technologies are made mainstream by consumer giants, thinking here specifically of the mobile communications industry. It would be forced upon whole populations as the pressure to keep up with the latest gadgets mounts, and of course not forgetting oc... [More]


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