Nutrition for your neurons – Words by Bryn Llewellyn
Cyber space provides another step in full scale evolution of human-machine symbiosis.
Who doesn’t have a facebook? I heard your mums got a facebook. But have you ever thought about what you’re doing spending all your time buffing up your virtual better half? All that time uploading yourself from physical to a digital representation. Your memories recorded as uploaded photos, your communication recorded as chat, your feelings recorded as status updates, this information and much much more all sinks into the ever expanding internet. Could facebook and other such social networking sites provide a precursor to digitally turning yourself into information files and becoming a part of a virtual reality that is more real than reality?
Technology has been growing at an exponential rate throughout human history in accord with the law of accelerating returns. That is evolution applies positive feedback to the more “successful” pathways and uses them to further progress in that direction. In relation to technology, in the near future it is expected machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence leading to a singularity. “The implications (of the singularity) include the merger of biological and non-biological intelligence, immortal software-based humans, and ultra-high levels of intelligence that expand outward in the universe at the speed of light”. (The Law of Accelerating Returns, Ray Kurzweil, 2001.)
Our brains wont be the first digitalization of a physical product. Anyone remember things called cds? How about tape cassettes? Vinyl? A band playing live music? Videos? Books? Newspapers? Cash and coins?
What about it ipods and ihones? youtube and live streaming? HD TV? twitter? google? Credit cards and internet banking? FUCK ME.. everything physical is becoming obsolete and being slowly transformed into information files. Your brains will be soon. Computer zombies will come for your brains soon. Soon your brains will be ours.
Bryn Llewellyn is the professor of rocks.