You’re probably holding it in your hand right now, and if not, my money says it’s close by. It’s an extension of our neocortex whether we choose to recognize it as such or not. And if we accept that supposition, then the process of assimilating AI into our biological intelligence is already well under way.
I am of course talking about our smartphones. Anyone who is old enough to have witnessed more than one technology induced paradigm shift seemlessly integrate into our culture will recognize the pattern. And this is how it always starts – a new technology fills a need, and although it seems novel at first, it quickly becomes assimilated into our day to day life. It happens so effortlessly most people don’t even notice it.
I see this as a good thing, although I recognize many will disagree. But it doesn’t matter, because there is no stopping it. Just as we have have evolved to this point, so shall we continue evolving. Our prefrontal neocortex can’t get any bigger without interfering with childbirth, therefore we will increase our intelligence artificially.
Welcome to the future! The changes in store for humanity are going to be far beyond anything we could ever have previously imagined. This is because we are about to become much smarter as a species – allowing us to grow in ways we are now unable to understand. And this isn’t something that is going to happen in the future.
It’s happening right now.