AI integration with the human brain
Actually, I’m reading a rather well-known article by Ray Kurzweil “The Merging of Man with a Machine” and I think that I would gladly agree if I were given the opportunity to slow down the progress of scientific and technological progress. I fully and fully understand that scientific and technical progress is necessary for the development of mankind as a whole, but at times I don’t want the notorious changes. Next, I give a few excerpts from this article, your opinion on the potential possibility of what Kurzweil describes is interesting.
Let's take the year 2029 as a reference point and bring together some of the trends that I spoke of. By then, we will be able to design nanobots, microscopic robots that can penetrate inside your capillaries and travel through your brain, studying it from the inside. We can almost create such schemes right now. We still cannot make them small enough, however we can make them quite small. The ministry of defense is developing tiny robotic devices called “smart dust”. The size of these devices today is one millimeter. This is still too much for our scenario, but these crumbs can be dropped from the plane, and they can find the desired position with high accuracy. You can have thousands of these devices on a wireless LAN. They can take visual images,
For complete immersion in virtual reality, we will send billions of these nanobots so that they are located at each nerve fiber emanating from all our senses. If you want to stay in true reality, they will just sit in their places and do nothing. If you want to go into virtual reality, they will begin to suppress the signals coming from your real senses, and will begin to replace them with the signals that you would receive while in a virtual environment.
With this scheme, we will receive virtual reality from within, and it will be able to reproduce all our sensations. It will be a collective environment in which one person and many people can enter. A visit to a website will mean entering a virtual reality environment that embraces all our senses, not only from the five basic senses, but also emotions, sexual satisfaction, and humor. In fact, the neurological correlates of all these sensations and emotions, which I discuss in The Age of the Spiritual Machines, already exist.
When you talk with someone in 2040, it may happen that the mental activity of your interlocutor of biological origin will be a hybrid of biological and electronic types of thinking that are closely interlinked with each other. Instead of being limited to just a hundred trillion compounds in our brain, as is the case now, we can far exceed this level. The speed of our biological thinking is fixed: it is believed that a person can perform 1026 calculations per second, and this biologically predetermined figure is not going to spontaneously increase. However, non-biological intelligence abilities increase exponentially. According to my calculations, the critical point will come in the 2030s; some call it a transition point.
When we get to 2050, the main part of our thinking, which, in my opinion, is still synonymous with human civilization, will have a non-biological character. I do not consider the deadly battle between hostile artificial intelligence and human intelligence, which is reflected in The Matrix, an inevitable scenario. The non-biological part of our thinking will continue to be human, because it will be derived from biological thinking. It will be developed by people or machines created by people, or machines built on the basis of an engineering analysis of the human brain or the loading of human thinking, or on the basis of one of many other possible variants of the close symbiosis between human thinking and the thinking of a machine that we cannot even think of Today.
The usual reaction to these assumptions is: how gloomy it all is, because I "put humanity on a par with machines." However, this reaction is explained by the fact that most people have a prejudice against machines. Most experts do not really know what the machines are ultimately capable of, since all the machines that they have ever “encountered” are very limited in comparison with people. However, this will not apply to cars of the year 2030 or 2040. When machines become a derivative of human intelligence, which is also a million times more capable of man, we will begin to respect them, and the clear distinction between human intelligence and machine intelligence will disappear. We will truly merge with our technology.
We are already going this way. If cars all over the world would stop, our civilization could fall into collapse from the amount of hard tedious work today. More recently, thirty years ago, this would not have happened. In 2040, human intelligence and machine intelligence will be very closely soldered. We will become able to experience much stronger sensations of a very different kind. We will be able to “recreate the world” created by our imagination, and penetrate into different environments, as amazing as in The Matrix. One can only hope that this world will be more open for creative self-expression of a person and his experiences.