Artificial Intelligence

Theory of Transformation


The technology may seem like science ficition, but the transition is already happening. Back in 2002 in Oxford, England a ground breaking surgery performed on Professor Kevin Warwick made him the first cyborg, that is part human and part machine. Surgeons implanted a silicon square about 3mm wide into an incision in Warwick's left wrist and attached its 100 electrodes, each as thin as a hair, into the median nerve. Connecting wires were fed under the skin of the forearm and out from a skin puncture and the wounds were sewn up. The wires were linked to a transmitter/receiver device that could relay nerve messages to a computer by a radio signal. It was hopeful that this procedure could potentially lead to breakthroughs for people paralysed by spinal cord damage.

And, indeed, before (and after) Warwick's experiments, people have been benefiting from pacemakers, artificial hearts, prosthetic limbs, hearing aids and other artitifical devices. New breakthroughs in bioelectronics mean that technologies may interface with the human nervous and other biological systems at an even more basic level. With new strides in nanotechnology, nanomachines may be able to effect biological changes on molecular levels, causing changes in our human biological structure that have been unprecedented. Now there is a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm about the possibility of gene therapy curing previously unstoppable hereditary disorders.

Computer intelligence has some clear advantages over the human brain: the computer can quickly perform complex calculations and has the ability to have extremely detailed memory cells. Linking the fast paced technology of the computer, by means of implant technology, to the otherwise sometimes sluggish human brain, seems to bring about the best of both worlds. The joining of the two would bring about capabilities far succeeding what the human brain is currently capable of achieveing.

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