Human-Robots Merge Is Just 200 Years Away

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 27, 2015

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Few of us will remain on this earth to see this massive transformation, but a Hebrew University professor has predicted that humans may ‘upgrade’ themselves to become cyborgs within the next 200 years, indicating the merging of man and machine in the ‘distant’ future.  Professor Yuval Noah Harari, warns in a blog, the wealthy will transform into a new type of divine, immortal human with complete power over life and death - which today is not imaginable.

While Robotics has undergone tremendous changes over the time, human dissatisfaction will drive mankind to ‘upgrade’ themselves, said the report, as cyborg technology will encouge them to change according to Harari. “I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so Homosapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation  or genetic engineering or by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic,” he told The Telegraph, highlighting that the departure from belief in religion will spur on change to the human race.

Read more: Robot CEOs: Are We There Yet?

 

According to new research by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) suggests: Letting robots have control over human tasks in manufacturing is actually preferred by workers, who said robots “better understood them” and “improved the efficiency of the team.”

Julie Shah, an assistant professor at MIT who researches human-machine collaboration, says, human-robot collaboration has reduced human idle time by 85%. “If you can develop a robot that’s capable of integrating into the human part of the factory—if it just has a little bit of decision-making ability, a little bit of flexibility—that opens up a new type of manufacturing process,” says Shah.

Harari said Silicon Valley is now the most interesting place in the world from a religious perspective because they believe all problems can be solved with technology. Many technology companies have announced plans to fuse machines and humans. IBM’s Watson was just the starting point, but today companies such as Google, Apple and numerous others are leveraging machine learning, blurring the lines between humans and robots.

Also Read: How Google Is Blurring The Lines Between Machines And Humans

As Gartner points out breakthrough performance in machine learning applications will allow business leaders to address previously intractable challenges in automation, decision support and client engagement.

However, Harari warned that the main crux of this investment in technology is that only the rich will be able to afford it. Harari also believes that in next 200 years, all poor in this world could be wiped out completely, and rich people will evolve themselves into immortal cyborgs, free from deadly diseases, and capable of enjoying almost unlimited lives.

He suggested that future humans will be “different from today’s humans as chimps are now from us.”Thirty-nine-year-old professor has been the student of Oxford University. He is the author of a major book on humanity titled: “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.” This book was originally published in Hebrew language and has been later translated into many other languages since its original publication.