August 27, 2019
A prominent futurist warns that humans may soon cede their top spot on Earth’s hierarchy to their own artificially intelligent creations.
In a new book, scientist, environmentalist, and futurist, James Lovelock, describes what he calls the ‘Novacene,’ — a new age in which humans could be eclipsed by intelligent machines.
‘Our supremacy as the prime understanders of the cosmos is rapidly coming to end,’ writes Lovelock in a new book titled ‘Novacene’ according to NBC.
‘The understanders of the future will not be humans but what I choose to call ‘cyborgs’ that will have designed and built themselves.’
In the Novacene — which means literally ‘new age’ — Lovelock says that the replacement of humans won’t necessarily be a violent or ‘Terminator’-like shift, but will instead be more of an evolutionary one.
Unlike biologically driven changes of the past, organic creatures will take a backseat to technology.
‘I think of cyborgs as another kingdom of life,’ he tells NBC.
‘They will stand to us in much the same way as we ourselves, as a kingdom of animals, stand to plants.’
The process is already underway via sophisticated artificial intelligence systems like those developed by Google, says Lovelock.
This article was posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 3:38 am