Monday, July 28, 2008
Blurring the Human-Machine line
The industrial revolution clearly established machines superior to humans on a physical basis. Now, the intellectual assault is on.
As new techniques are invented where machines are beginning to outperform humans, and as more realistic humanoid and other intelligent robots take stage, the blurring of the line between human and machine is happening as we speak.
As machines can search better, churn through numbers faster and play better chess, interesting applications for machines is all it takes. Check out how BigDog can not just move across rough terrain, but actually regain its balance after a pretty large and sudden replacement (don't miss the comedy version - it is a classic!)
What would you do if you could clone yourself (at least physically and behaviorally, if not mentally) with an Android? How would autonomous Androids interact with each other?
There's discussion around micro- and nano- applications to health, which is a different way of looking at the problem - the android is the human in this case -
Human systems are first being aided, then being mended by chips and nano-devices. Genetic engineering and personalized medicine is where the assimilation will be complete.
Your heart just got fixed! Is your heart in the right place?