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CXC Ecoverse eps. 5: We Are All Becoming Cyborgs, Neil Sahota pt. 5


TIM: So, Neil, your
friend, Stephen Ibaraki, makes some pretty bold statements
looking into the future. The machines will be
easily smarter than we are, that they’ll, to your point, even more empathetic than we are, understand us, better than we can understand ourselves. So, what stops these
machines from taking over? NEIL: That’s a great question, it’s a very legitimate fear and concern. Part of it is there’s no
artificial general intelligence, right, they don’t have that capability. The second thing is right now most A.I. is designed to be passive but I think one of the big things is what I personally
believe, I don’t worry about machines taking over ’cause I think we’re actually moving towards
human machine integration, that we’re actually
trying to become cyborgs. All right, you see the
things now like, you know, the artificial limbs,
the brain cells’ ability to transmit signals to your stump, A.I. can actually interpret
what those signals are and now you can actually
move your artificial limb. There’s experimental
surgery that it’s been done successfully a few times
now where for a blind person, they can install digital
cameras into the eye and transmit the image into your brain so you can effectively see. I think more and more people are actually looking into that side of the equation that how can we augment ourselves as human through technology. That adds a whole host of other, we’ll call it moral and
ethical ramifications. TIM: But, in general,
in our lives we try to make our lives better, we try to, let’s use the word augment, we try to augment our lives to enhance ourselves and why would we not do that, right? So what are some other things as your looking forward, I mean how
else will our life be augmented? NEIL: Well, here’s a interesting
thing to ponder, right? Weight, people always wonder like somebody successful loses weight
with one type of diet, why doesn’t that work for me? And one of the things we actually learned is a lot of that is just
based on your genetics, your blood type and some other factors. So, what works for one
person may not work for somebody else and we’re
wired to want certain things. With A.I. we could
actually break down some of those things and figure out, okay, based on my blood type, my genes, my environment, if I wanna lose weight, this is actually the
things I have to do, right? Beyond exercise like I might say, look, you might have to
go to a vegan diet, right? ‘Cause that’s just your body. While somebody else might say you have to go to a carnivore diet. You just focus on eating meat and forget about fruits and vegetables. I know it sounds counter intuitive but we’ve actually seen some of that, I’ll call it accidental ways
people have lost weight. But with AI we have now an
assistant that knows us so well actually has the ability
to do genetic sequencing, genomic studies, all these things. Take millions upon millions
of variables together, and say hey, this is
the perfect combination of diet and exercise for you,
if you wanna lose weight. If you wanna gain weight,
if you wanna build muscle, whatever it might be. TIM: How far off is that? NEIL: There’s only a
few organizations I know actually is trying to work on it, but we’re probably only
four or five years away for people if they’re committed to it.


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