Friday, June 2, 2017

from "homo sapiens" to "homo deus"

An article passed along in email included:
Whether the homo deus species is “human” is a philosophical question, not a scientific one. But Harari believes these changes will come gradually as our relationship with the machines becomes slowly but inexorably more intimate. Our species “is likely to upgrade itself step by step, merging with robots and computers in the process,” he wrote in his latest book, “until our descendants will look back and realise they are no longer the kind of animal that wrote the Bible, built the Great Wall of China, and laughed at Charlie Chaplin’s antics.”
A question that continues to invest my flagging 21st-century mind is this: If everything were perfect, how interesting could it be?

Flagging, as I say.

1 comment:

  1. Even a mouse trap must seem godly to the mouse it kills.