Wednesday, May 23, 2012
In the future, there may be a time where humans actually end up "dying by robot" that is to say as their parts wear out they end up getting manufactured replacements. It's already starting to happen with all the prosthesis devices from our returning soldiers, or all the titanium hips, artificial knees, hearing aids, and other equipment that we are installing onto humans to work within their bio system. Do you see that point? Okay so let's talk shall we because I'd like to introduce a new potential eventuality for future periods.
There is a funny saying amongst politicians that everyone has "skeletons in their closet," but in the future as humans mature and their human parts and frailty wear out, they may have their brains uploaded to a robotic android so they can live forever. If they do this will they wish to keep their skeletons on display in their living rooms? Will they tell their friends when they come to visit that; "this is my old skeleton that I had back in 2043 before I got this new upgraded technologically advanced version."
Am I saying this might be a nice centerpiece for their living room? It might sound morbid, but over time you become rather attached to your body, and you would probably like to keep those skeleton bones, and whatever else is salvageable as a keepsake. Just as many people mount the heads of the big game they have hunted, perhaps they will keep their own head and mount it on the wall, using the latest current technologies in taxonomy? Yes, I imagine this article is getting a little crazy, but it is worth pondering the question because this could be a new industry for a very smart entrepreneur.
You might say that you would never do that personally, but how do you know? You may say that you would never wish to outlive your own body, but if everyone else was doing the same thing, wouldn't you wish to live amongst your own family rather than perish when your body got tired and ran out of steam? If you had the chance to live forever, perhaps in an exoskeleton robotic humanoid form, keeping all of your memories and mind - I bet you would opt for that, that is if you could afford it, and if it was available to you.
It is true that the future of trans-humanism is a rather mentally challenging philosophical topic to discuss, but I would submit to you that this potential eventuality and future is nearly upon us. Therefore I ask that you please consider all this and think on it.