The exponential rate of the evolution of society would speed up drastically and a future that would currently take 1000 years to develop could only take 10 years.

Mapping the future of AI in the dynamics of civilization: Part 1

By J.U.C.

There are many possible outcomes for what the future of artificial intelligence holds for mankind. There are benevolent outcomes, where the technology benefits the future of mankind, malevolent outcomes, where the technology leads to a decline of organic life, and there are ambivalent outcomes, where a mutual relationship between synthetic and organic life functions in a multi-faceted manner that is either positive or negative depending on what criteria is used. 

It is most likely that neither the alarmist narratives nor the romanticized ones will accurately depict the complex symbiosis of man and machine, so ambivalent narratives are the most likely, but also the most difficult to accurately characterize.

Here we will explore in greater depth what the outcomes for humanity’s rapid technological advancement will entail from a humanistic perspective, ranked from the most beneficial (a rating of 10 on the predictive reality scale) to the most harmful (a rating of 0).

Rating of 10:

The current incorporation of prosthetics into the bodies of disabled people will have a shift from medical necessity to cosmetic and performance-enhancing normative procedures. The ability for a human to have the strength and endurance of a robot, while retaining all of the neural connections for physical sensation, would lead to a stage of evolution exceeding the homo sapiens. These cyborgs would be able to perform feats physically impossible to modern man, but would not become anesthetized to sensation from their bodily technology. For example, a person being able to lift cars and run 50 miles per hour, while also being able to feel the experience of lifting weights or running extremely fast. 

This way there would be all of the benefits of technological enhancements with none of the downsides– since the nervous system-circuit interface would be fully intertwined, all of these inhuman feats would through the individual’s qualia be distinctly human and personal to them. If this individual had one organic arm and one synthetic arm, and rubbing a piece of silk, the nervous system-circuit interface would detect no discernible difference between the perceptions of sensation on either arm. If these sort of enhancements became commonplace enough to be a part of the average person’s anatomy, then the human race as a whole could work together as a collective unit that is far more powerful than anything previously conceivable in a realistic way. The exponential rate of the evolution of society would speed up drastically and a future that would currently take 1000 years to develop could only take 10 years. 

Since the interface between circuit and nervous system would be in perfect unison, it also suggests that highly efficient brain-computer interfaces would become commonplace in a parallel period of time. The Flynn effect- also known as the tendency for IQ scores to increase significantly through generations in recent time- could already currently be due to the influence of technology on the developing mind, causing children to learn and develop complex nonverbal problem solving skills that surpass those of older generations. The combination of the learning rituals that adapting to technology poses, alongside an innovation of genuinely efficient brain-computer interfaces, would cause the accelerated organic fluid neural plasticity to be superimposed on a massively increased “Hard Drive” for memories to be preserved and accessed at will.

The speed at which humans can process information would increase to a rate where tasks normally requiring minutes could take seconds, because the speed of neural-electrical signals would reach levels unattainable by a solely organic progression of evolution.

The short term memory of humans, or the “RAM” would enable multitasking of completely separate data domains simultaneously, and the long term memory would resemble someone with photographic memory. A photographic memory that can access a large, diverse array of these memories in instances at once, all while the computational speed is enhanced to this process being nearly immediate, would be similar to the cognitive efficiency of a thousand people in a network of communication all being active in a single individual.

– The end of Part 1 – to be continued…

Image-collaged by: Lightmillennium
Background image: Percento Technologies

©2019 J.U.C. & The Light Millennium – Turkish Library & Museum –
Social media @lightmillennium #lightmillennium @turkishlibrarymuseum

"The U.S. Turkish Library & Museum For Friendship and Peace" project joined, and has been produced under the umbrealla of The Light Millennium Organization effective on October 15, 2015.