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When we evolve into robots

When we evolve into robots

Scott Adams spends part of his life writing a popular comic strip called “Dilbert”. Folks seem to think it’s funny and socially pertinent. But when he’s not penning his comic, he’s thinking deeply. This post on his blog is about the evolution of robotics and how it may merge with the evolution of humanity.

When We Evolve Into Robots

If we ignore for the moment that we are already moist robots of a sort, I wonder if it is inevitable that we will evolve into more traditional robots of metal and silicon and plastic.

I think futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that someday we will have body scanners so accurate we can analyze a human brain and transfer it to a computer. Obviously the computers of the future will need to be more powerful to handle the load, but that seems feasible. I wonder what happens next.

Suppose we transfer a dying guy’s brain into a computer, and that computer passes the Turing Test, thus demonstrating genuine intelligence. For all practical purposes it might have the same personality as the human brain that went into it. If you had a conversation with it, I can imagine it expressing a desire to live and even procreate.

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