The Next Step In Human Evolution Is Creepy, Scary, And Kind Of Awesome

Like always, Jason Silva manages to convey his (irrational?) exuberance for the digital future, including the prospect of our children becoming robots.

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So there's a great line by Shakespeare in which he says, We know what we are, we know not what we may be." In the age of accelerating technologies in which we extend the cognitive reach of our minds, the perimeters of our humanness with these extensions of self, these exoskeletons, these technological scaffoldings, the wings of our aircrafts and the signals traveling through our smartphones sending our thoughts electrified at the speed of light across oceans of sky, we redefine and extend what it means to be human.

Edward O. Wilson says we have actually decommissioned natural selection and now we must look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become. We are now the chief agents of evolution. We have reverse engineered the software of biology and are about to rewire and upgrade it, redefine what it is to be a Homo Sapien.

Juan Enriquez uses the term Homo Evolutis, the being that evolves itself, that transforms itself, right? Ray Kurzweil, "We didn't stay in the cage. We haven't stayed on the planet. Biology just another membrane to be transcended."

Marvin Minsky used to say, "Will robots inherit the Earth? Yes, they will, but they will be our children." You know, I love this idea because we hear the term transhumanism and what it means to be human is to be transhuman. We are the species that transforms and transcends. We never stop. We always did. It's what we are.

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Original video by Jason Silva for his excellent show, Shots of Awe.

Apr 05, 2014

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