July 23, 2017
In the new film Supersapiens, writer-director Markus Mooslechner raises a core question: As artificial intelligence rapidly blurs the boundaries between man and machine, are we witnessing the rise of a new human species?
The film features scientists, philosophers, and neurohackers Nick Bostrom, Richard Dawkins, Hugo De Garis, Adam Gazzaley, Ben Goertzel, Sam Harris, Randal Koene, Alma Mendez, Tim Mullen, Joel Murphy, David Putrino, Conor Russomanno, Anders Sandberg, Susan Schneider, Mikey Siegel, Hannes Sjoblad, and Andy Walshe.
“Humanity is facing a turning point — the next evolution of the human mind,” notes Mooslechner. “Will this evolution be a hybrid of man and machine, where artificial intelligence forces the emergence of a new human species? Or will a wave of new technologists, who frame themselves as ‘consciousness-hackers,’ become the future torch-bearers, using technology not to replace the human mind, but rather awaken within it powers we have always possessed — enlightenment at the push of a button?”
“It’s not obvious to me that a replacement of our species by our own technological creation would necessarily be a bad thing,” says ethologist-evolutionary biologist-author Dawkins in the film.
Supersapiens in a Terra Mater Factual Studios production. Executive Producers are Joanne Reay and Walter Koehler. Distribution is to be announced.
Markus Mooslechner | Supersapiens teaser
“…The computational capacity of a nanoteched grain of sand is a quintillion times that of the
human brain, making the distinction between a cyborg and a pure artilect pointless. Any human being wishing to convert himself into a cyborg will effectively be killing himself, unless he dramatically impairs and restricts the capability of his cyborg portion. He will no longer be “he” but an “artilect in human disguise.”” -THERE WILL BE NO CYBORGS, ONLY ARTILECTS
A Dialogue Between Hugo de Garis and Ben Goertzel
OK – so why do you say cyborgization equals death?
In my media appearances I often talk about a grain of nanoteched sand being added to a
newly born baby’s brain to convert it into a cyborg. I finally got around to actually
calculating just how much greater the computational capacity of that grain of sand would
be compared to that of a human brain (assuming classical computing capacities – if one
assumes quantum computing capacities, the quantum estimate is astronomically larger!)”
Dawkins does understand. A technological species might gradually replace us over tens of thousands of years, and that might indeed be a preferable, positive outcome. Even subjectively from our human condition perspective, as a brain simulation would be technologically immortal, free of our limitations and still possess our unique characteristics. However, subjectivity is not quite important, there is nothing essential, special, or universal about Homo Sapiens Sapiens. What matters is that evolution creates a higher intelligence from a cosmic perspective, and that Cosmos can employ this intelligence for better outcomes. This might include biological evolution, or not, however cosmic evolution may proceed successfully and gloriously, without man.
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