AI and transhumanism
Artificial intelligence is infiltrating the deepest levels of living beings. Compartmentalising disciplines, industries and technologies no longer has its place, and is giving way to an era of interdisciplinarity, hybridisation and convergence. The world is shifting towards a new form of medicine that is predictive rather than curative, as before, and based on fusing multiple technologies (electronic, digital imaging, 3D printing, genomics, AI, blockchain, robotics, etc.) and that signals the end of suffering, the death of death. However, dying is part of life.
Transhumanism brings a new issue to existential questions. Technologies applied to humans satisfy basic needs as well as personal fulfilment needs. This calls into question the whole Maslow pyramid. Notion of autonomy and dependence: am I still human if I have an implant? Am I still autonomous, master of my own free will if I depend on a tool and if my most personal information is shared?
Technologies iron out our imperfections and push our limits, with the risk that we might all become identical products, with no distinguishing features at all. There is a strong divide between the new types of augmented populations with which we have to deal, and the profound and visceral need to remain oneself, and to retain one’s own identity.
The trend in a few words
- man increased
- augmented human
- death of the death
- super héro
- fake news
- machine learning
- gender neutral
- PERSONAL ASSISTANT
- homo deus
- cellular manipulation
- human behaviour
- change in paradigm
- medical device
- additive manufacturing
- emotional intelligence
- digital beauty
- digital art
Articles & testimonies
Kinetic climbing, drone-towed surfing… What will the “Olympic Games of the future” look like?
The average age of viewers following the Olympic Games continues to increase. Is combining sport and technology the opportunity to … Read the article
From the disabled to the “disabled”: for a virtuous use of assistive technologies
In this forum, Ezekiel Takam, president of the Euro-African Observatory of Artificial Intelligence and reader of Usbek & Rica, proposes … Read the article
Augmentative Wearable Device, Hapbee, Receives Amazing Reviews by Testers
Hapbee is an augmentative wearable device that replicates different feelings by sending to the body small and specific magnetic fields. … Read the article
Skop : the Connected Stethoscope for remote consultations
Cyrille Lecroq, engineer, has developed with doctors a bio-inspired medical device printed in 3D, called SKOP: a connected stethoscope allowing … Read the article
Meet the xenobot: world’s first living, self-healing robots created from frog stem cells
American scientists designed the first living machine called xenobot. A supercomputer calculated algorithms based on the theory of evolution, and … Read the article