The future of merging humans and cyber-worlds is not so far away…
In the near future, cyber-consciousness will mean constitutional rights for increasingly humanoid robots, while humans will download their thoughts and memories to their mind clones, a futurist told the SXSW Interactive festival.
These processes will be part of the further merging together of human and cyber worlds, transhumanist philosopher and a pioneer in artificial intelligence Martine Rothblatt said Sunday at the conference for emerging technologies set in Austin, Texas, this week. In the long term, advances in software technology will create robots that will operate in tandem with and separate from humans.
Eventually, these advances in software will rise to the level of consciousness, she said, according to USA Today.
Discussing themes also addressed in her new book, Virtually Human: The Promise and the Peril of Digital Immortality, Rothblatt, founder of Sirius Satellite Radio and chief executive of biotech company United Therapeutics, said during the keynote speech on Day 3 of SXSW Interactive that cyber consciousness is inevitable.
Every company will try to out-Siri Siri until we have consciousness, she said, referencing the Apple/iOS application that speaks to users to conduct a variety of tasks.
It will be like water that rises and rises and rises and, before we know it, were in an ocean of cyber consciousness.