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The Three Epochs of Humanity

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    Peter
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    In these rapidly changing times the visions of the future fluctuate between a dystopian scenario of a rapid rise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the demise of humanity as we know it to a more utopian view of a happy marriage between developing Artificial Intelligence, human augmentation, nanotechnology and the human species.

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    #28455
    Marcos
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    “Very difficult to envisage is the PostHuman entity”
    “What is their purpose, what drives them ”
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    “it is expected they will be an enlightened “life” form”
    “planet environment protection is uppermost in PostHuman entity values.”
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    Inconsistent?

    #28469
    Brad Arnold
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    Rise of the Transhumans
    by Sean McKnight

    The last battle for equal rights won’t be for racial equality;
    It won’t be for gender equality;
    Not for sexual or gender orientation;
    It will be a battle between two species: Humans and Transhumans.

    Unlike the other battles for equality, this one will be more than figurative;
    It will take a great expense of blood
    And in all likelihood result in the eventual extinction of the human race.

    That’s how dominant species function,
    As one rises the other must logically fall
    Transhumans will be smarter, stronger, and more capable than humans
    Humans will eventually stop being the masters of their own planet
    Transhumans will take the jobs of the elites, and outperform their human counterparts Humans will respond, violently as usual
    But they will lose.

    What may start as a quest for equality for by both will end with the extinction of one.

    #28471
    Marcos
    Participant

    Nonsense.

    If anything, it would be more likely to fight among themselves for “monkey rights”, just as monkeys fight for “animal rights”. But even this fail to consider true intelligence. (which includes empathy)

    Some kind of educational effort by those generous enough to donate a few nanoseconds of their time to bring more monkeys to join the party is even more likely.

    > That’s how dominant species function,

    A dumb dominant species, perhaps.

    > As one rises the other must logically fall

    Life is not a zero-sum game.

    > Transhumans will take the jobs of the elites

    Riiiiight… 8-5 is just something one can’t transcend… ever. They’ll just be more efficient at getting fat on their desks.

    > Humans will respond, violently as usual

    Most monkeys won’t even be aware of what’s going on… as usual.

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