According to a transhumanist, there is a 50 percent chance that robots will be able to perform all types of human tasks there is by 2050. This would allegedly enable humans to step into a post-obligatory work society.
The claims were made by David Wood, president of the London Futurists, and treasurer of the Transhumanist Party UK. Transhumanists believe that humans can and, therefore, should utilize technology to artificially enhance their biological abilities.
Transforming Humans Into Robots
The activity, known for its fame among Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs, has been getting more and more popularity over the last few years.
Wood said: “I believe there’s a 50 percent chance of artificial general intelligence, and hence the possibility of robots doing all human tasks, by the middle of the century and I’ve said there’s about a 10 percent chance we might have this by 2025.”
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the moment in which machines are able to match or even surpass human intellect in any area. The transhumanist keeps claiming that there is a discrepancy between human biology, restricted over thousands of years by evolution, and the harmful potential of the technology currently under development.
He commented: “We have parts of our human nature which were OK in early evolutionary times. They include our tendency to focus on the short term, our tendency to be wary and fearful of those who are different from us – it made good sense probably in previous social times, but now that instinct is often detrimental.”
Numerous transhumanists claim that the solution, when and if the technology will be accessible, is to alter the human biology in order to get rid of the most ‘harmful’ impulses.
This Technology Could be Used to Harm and Destroy
According to Wood, human nature has to be improved with technology. It can get stronger and cleverer, “but then we will use our greater strength and cleverness to terrible things to each other – perhaps accidentally but sometimes wilfully,” he admits.
“We have, therefore, to be wiser at the social level to guard against these things but also try to raise up everybody’s level of compassion and self-control, so people aren’t prone to these spasms of terrible outrage,” Wood said.
Transhumanist political parties have been created around the world in the last few years. In the United States, Donald Trump was challenged for the Republican Presidential appointment by transhumanist candidate Zoltan Istvan, who has Hungarian roots. Trump was able, however, to maintain the nomination and will now confront democrat Joe Biden in November.
Wood claimed that the technology revolution for which all transhumanists solicit, which include advanced AI and gene editing, will drastically change the human society.
He claimed: “I think we can solve aging and death and that we can allow people to truly live better lives by enhancing not just their physical wellbeing but their mental, emotional, we might even say spiritual wellbeing and that more of us will be able to live in ways that occasionally we only glimpse today.”