Humans have been evolving since the dawn of time, and the amazing thing is that we continue to evolve. Einstein once said ‘imagination is more important than knowledge‘, and to this end we have seen the creation of both good and bad technologies. Innovation and adaptation in many cases spring out from within disasters, whether natural or man-made. Religion gives us good ancient moral stories, spirituality gives us grounding and experienced realities, and then science quite simply pushes things forward to make what’s seemingly impossible, possible, and the unknown, known. We evolve because it’s essential to do so, just like the lemurs of Madagascar or the desert scorpions of the present day times.
At present the Natural History museum in London has a most precious and beautiful small exhibition titled ‘Treasures‘, hosting one of the first editions of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species‘ book, a lovely butterfly collection from the often overlooked and somewhat unknown instigator of the Evolution Theory, Alfred Russell Wallace, and the IDA (Darwinius) fossil amongst many other treasures. It’s hard not to be in awe and marvel into the exhibits that progressed and evolved our understanding from past to present. To compliment the exhibition (coincidently), next door the Science museum in London is also holding a fascinating display, A Humanoid ‘Bionic Man’ which goes by the name of Rex in the ‘Who am I?’ section, which uses the latest bionic technologies and makes claim to be the world’s first bionic man.
Through Law of Nature and Natural Selection, and at times cosmic mutation, life has evolved from space dust, to bacteria, charnia, trilobites, and so on until our current present state of being. It certainly gets my mind racing to wondering as to what was the event that caused humans to evolve into Homo sapiens. It’s easy to answer what has made humans evolve part of our existence into humanoids. Surely, it’s the simple pursuit to preserve and extend life, which has seen the innovation of robotic body parts (bionics) that can now be assembled together to create a humanoid with a degree of awareness (you only need to look at IBM’s ‘Watson’).
No, the birth of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) was not created by some crazy fanatics that want to rule the world, but by the simple demand from humans to want to live for as long as possible and to make our living experience easier and more pleasurable. Through Facebook, Google Books, Wikipedia, and other such digital entities, we are creating a mass database of knowledge, experiences, feelings and imaginations that can be used for future A.I. purposes. We are all apart of the A.I. birth and development process whether we’re aware of it or not. The darkest thought is that the only aspect that will truly separate us from A.I. humanoids in the future are not feelings, morals, and reasoning, but quite simply prejudice (something we’ve still yet to evolve from completely) from humans and the longevity of our existence in comparison.
I’m sure humanoids can be programmed to make love in good time, and I believe there are enough tools available to help aid this experience. Thinking outside the book… recharging humanoids, maintenance, etc.. could be easily be accepted as part of A.I. food. As for reproduction, most people can recreate and at times carelessly, so therefore would it not be a given right for a humanoid to go into its shed so-to-speak and create another humanoid from scratch?
As technology and science evolves, so does our own minds and experiences, opening up the doors to forever expanding imaginations. Would it not be more practical to send a humanoid to Mars first? Ironically, maybe the humanoids will in fact keep us truly human.
B. L. Crisp