From Robert to robot: what about future identity?

Does the future hold a mechanized you?

Artificial Intelligence. Cloning. Robots creating robots. From year to year, the world you and I live in changes dramatically. It's like living in science fiction.

Some of the world's most renowned thinkers are predicting that in the not-too-distant future, further changes may affect even the continuation of humanity as we know it. For instance, Ray Kurzweil's book The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence predicts that by the year 2029, people will be starting to use neural brain implants to enhance memory and reasoning abilities. This will bring on a growing discussion about whether computers are conscious. And about how much artificial enhancement a person could have and still be considered human.

Virtual spirituality?
January 8, 2001

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