Terminator, Robocop and Transformers are just three movie franchises that imagine a world where humans end up being controlled by robots. Scared? You shouldn’t be.
Up to now, robots have performed better when they work with humans rather than independently and that’s not likely to change in the foreseeable future.
However, Juan Enriquez, a respected author, businessman and academic, has let his imagination run further. While the human-robot partnership is the most promising, he doesn’t view them as separate beings evolving each in their own way.
The three core drivers of progress are the ability to create microbes, biological tissue and robots. These three disciplines will ultimately reboot our species and our economy. For Juan Enriquez, this reboot is necessary because our current model is doomed to failure.
But what lies behind this rather melodramatic term?
To understand the answer, we have to trace back to the origins of man. There were several species of hominid before our own. The detail worth noting is that these species always overlapped as each new species evolved out of the previous one.
This leads us to consider evolving prosthetics.
Biohackers are not only helping the blind to see and the deaf to hear, they are developing previously unheard of human capabilities.
Should we now be looking forward to Man 2.0, Homo Evolutis?
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