Transhumanists claim a beautiful and apparently now-not-so-distant utopian future made possible by artificial intelligence, life extension and cybernetic technologies. But upon examining the convergence of these technologies and the history behind them, Age Of Transitions details how this movement of “transcending human limits” was born out of pseudo-science eugenics, and what the implications are for a world divided by the have’s and have-not’s.
Scientist Michio Kaku explains how artificial intelligence will revolutionise homes, workplaces and lifestyles, and how virtual worlds will become so realistic that they will rival the physical world. Robots with human-level intelligence may finally become a reality, and in the ultimate stage of mastery, we’ll even be able to merge our minds with machine intelligence. For the first time, see how a severely depressed patient can be turned into a happy person at the push of a button — all thanks to the convergence of neuroscience and artificial intelligence…
The latest findings in genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, bionics and nanotechnology appear in the media frequently, but almost no analysis is found of their common aim which is to “exceed human ‘limitations’ and capability”—literally to ‘transcend’ humanity: transhumanism. This three part series covers the notion of transhumanism, a concept and desire itself that prompts serious physical, ethical, philosophical and practical questions. Will the transhumanists achieve their sacred ‘singularity’? And what will that mean?
Kevin Warwick is a renowned researcher in the controversial field of cybernetics, the study of ‘artificial intelligence,’ human-control functions, robotics and so-called cybernetic ‘organisms.’ His work, as self presented here, shows how implant and electrode technology can be used to create biological brains for robots, to enable so-called “human enhancement” and treatment for neurological illnesses. The end goal is transcending human “limitations” or transhumanism, according to Warwick, which inevitably stirs up many social, ethical, philosophical and practical questions. What are the implications of this sort of work, and this world view?