How far are we on the way to humans being integrated robots, there was a time when the only electronic device a person would have is a digital watch, both analogue or with a regular dial but with a mechanism ran by a battery – the electronics boom changed all this from the first devices – do you remember the Casio calculator watch, only the posh kids at school had those.
Mobile devices such as smartphones are around or on our person most of the time, the whole world with its data is right there and accessible any time of the day or night with many possibilities for its use and manipulation. Learning and visual aids can be assessed very quickly for most with an internet connection making data recovery instantaneous.
This is a good thing but also bad too, with on stream information from an electronic device, our brains do not need to retain so much information, we become lazy and in fact, end up becoming too reliant on being fed data to us.
As generations go on, we evolve, we can not only go forward but as well as backward, our thumbs are becoming bigger due to playing console games, our knees are becoming bigger to support our upright stance as we are not originally true bipedal beings. Would it be feasible to say that if we do not use our brains in a traditional sense that its processing and decision making power can be limited over time?
Perhaps this can leave space for newer much-needed skills, it is the same with exoskeletons, they have very real useful applications such as helping those with motor disorders or abilities, they can go toward full rehabilitation or assistance with everyday living to integrate back into a normal life after a life-threatening accident or sudden internal neural breakdown, maybe over a longer timeline.
Biobots for the security and military world are already with us and have been for some time, drones that are controlled from hundreds if not thousands of miles away by soft celled humans interconnected with long range radio frequencies and more commonly satellite links using GPS coordinates coupled with a live video stream for the soldiers to view then make decisions upon – they actually use gaming console controllers to operate the aircraft – simply because they have grown up with them for the most part and they are now an almost defacto standard, readily taken to hand with little training. Soldiers in the future could have the biggest thumbs…
The soldiers and their observation drones are not truly integrated but there are AI-based solutions that will copy your movements, it started off with tracking a human to feedback instantaneously to a robotic leg to then kick a football. The AI learning software could predict the movements in time to then optimize kicking the virtual ball. Now robots can mimic a human without the need for the human to wear a special suit, once the systems are self-aware they will been on par with humankind having the ability to move about on their own as well as never running out of energy to carry out a myriad of tasks.*
*Dependent upon battery storage and in-the-field/theatre-of-war recharging options.
Surgeons can operate with extreme precision and concurrent minimization of mistakes using robotic tools, the Cyberknife is an application where benign and malignant tumors can be treated safely without the need for invasive surgery, there is a low risk of post-radiotherapy complications when compared to conventional radiation therapy due to the very precise direct targetting and delivery method (Deep inside the tumor rather than bombarding the outside also killing healthy non cancerourous cells.. Surgeons take training for these fine-tuned complicated operations with the world of Virtual reality.
Some people have had Radio frequency identifications (RFI) tags implanted, most from an experimental onlook for studies and developmental purposes, as well as that, advanced inways have already been made into mind control using advanced head “caps” being worn and an associated robotic arm both locally or far away to perform takes, how long will it be until permanent implants are performed for personal or commercial purposes? This would be good for those without the use of their limbs and the use of an exoskeletal suit but what about for some who may want this mechanised outfit for normal life, this could even become a norm and we would again lose our abilities to move about without the use of it through a loss of muscle mass and tendon strength as well as neural pathways being used less frequently, perhaps coordination would be affected too.
It seems advances in bio-mechanisation are both good and bad for humanity and its longevity – but they are also unstoppable, we will just have to wait and see what the future holds.