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Smart machines will make humankind more stupid

In the future, the humanity will rely heavily on robots and automation, but will that be good for us? There is a risk that this will lead to a general decline in the ability to survive, which comes from the ability to overcome difficulties, do basic things with our own hands, and solve complex tasks with our own gray matter. For a technological civilization, that has crossed a certain threshold (and humanity is firmly headed in such direction), a natural or technogenic catastrophe that disrupts critical systems could bring humankind to the brink of destruction far more quickly than ever before. It might sound overly pessimistic, but surely it’s time for us to consider putting measures in place to compensate for the excessive technification of society. Another important point is that robots should not be entrusted too much with educating the younger generation. A person is formed through communication with other people, otherwise there is a risk of dehumanization.

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Tim Suetens This is where transhumanism comes in. If we do not wish to be supplanted by machines, we must merge with them and use them to augment our own intelligence. Imagine being able to learn skills instantly like in 'The Matrix'. With future brain implants, it might be possible. 06 Feb 2019