Mind-Full-Ness

How computer chips can change the way we think and remember

Bast
Do you feel your memory is just full these days?

Cooch
Yes! Overflowing actually.
And then pieces of thoughts start attaching themselves to other pieces of thoughts and the result is pretty much utter confusion.

Cooch
It’s like I need a brain dump.

Cooch
There are people who think that’s what we should connect with AI for.

Bast
Well isn’t Elon Musk researching putting computer chips into human heads?

Cooch
I’m not sure more storage is the answer though … good lord, we’d become info hoarders.

Bast
Would we? If there were chipped brains, connectivity would be the next big thing.

Bast
Think massive interconnected brains.

Cooch
Borg.

Cooch
Is this what you’re talking about? Elon Musk launches Neurolink

Bast
That’s exactly it.

Cooch
Ray Kurzweil has been trying to get us used to the idea of “the singularity” (the convergence of human and artificial intelligence) for decades. When I read his books (The Singularity is Near; How to Create a Mind) I go for pages and think “sure, this makes perfect sense” and then in one sentence he scares the crap out of me. Elon Musk might put a bit less frightening face on it. But I’m not exactly afraid of the prospect of the singularity – I think I might be more afraid of how some people will react to it and the fundamental chasms that might emerge in society. You?

Bast
Here’s the thing. Not everyone will want to be – or will be able to be – “plugged into” the singularity. So what we will really be creating is two different forms of humans. Talk about evolution in practice! Now think homo singularitis … or Homo Deus, as imagined by Yuval Noah Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

to be continued

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