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The machine - the "man" of the future
Posted on: 05.03.2018source...
This article is an excerpt from the book "IDEAS" (1999), and it is related to the so-called singularity (see Ray Kurzweil - Wikipedia).
"Evolution that becomes self-conscious in the person of man has to go forward ... In this great game we are both players and a card, and a bet played. No one will go on, if we leave the table." TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
Will a machine replace the man? Is there continuity between these seemingly different entities?
Technologies are entering our everyday life at astonishingly accelerated rates. We cannot imagine life without the involvement of mechanisms created in order to help us in one or another activity.
Not everybody, however, agrees to allow this happen. The concept of machine scares. It is difficult to overcome the fears that the machine is an antipode of the human and it is defoliating, primitive.
Yes. The machine is an inanimate mechanism that performs elementary functions. In this sense, it can hardly compete with man in the riches of his inner world (if any), as well as in a wealth of his social relations.
But are we talking about for this type of machine? How far can the machine go into development, how complex and perfect it can be made, how much can it approach to the person?
In general: Is it possible for a person to create something more perfect than himself?
There are opinions that it is impossible to get to know human nature – it is extremely complex, rich, shrouded in mystery. It is irrational and impossible to be explored. We must not look into the innermost corners of the human soul! It would be in contrary to its divine nature.
We believe these are end-positions, influenced by the lack of knowledge of the problem, the fear of ill-intentioned manipulations when using the acquired knowledge. But as it is said, the rescuing of the drowning men is in the hands of the drowning men themselves. (We should not expect God to solve all our problems; it would be immoral on our part.)
Let us trace historically the development of homo sapiens. What does he aim at, living his great and fragile life?
Hardly anyone would dispute the claim that the survival aims are the first. imary needs – of water, food, clothing and shelter – are almost entirely devoted to.
But man does not remain with this primitivism. He seeks to unfold his true nature. As a result of his efforts, religion, science, technology, and arts are born. The fact is that man gradually gains knowledge of himself and the world.
It can be assumed that at some point in the future this knowledge will reach a volume in which quantitative changes will turn into qualitative changes. Today, the advancement of technical progress and the spiritual sphere outstrips the development of physiology, which remains almost at one stagel over an extended period of time. If, without claiming statistical precision, we suppose that human physiology development evolves in arithmetical progression, then the scientific and technological revolution evolves in geometrical progression.
It is not difficult to predict that there will be a moment "X", in which the two lines will intersect. In our humble opinion, this historic moment will be marked by the creation of a being, which we call conditionally a "machine-person". It remains to be seen what this peak of human genius will represent – as a concrete manifestation...
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