The concept of cyborgs is popular among sci-fiction writers, but the term has gained a place in the scientific community as well. The human body has its limits. This delicate machine of flesh and blood cannot survive in conditions other than on Earth, and even on our home planet, there are places with zero percent survival for humans.
Considering the issue, it is plausible that if there is an advanced race of intelligent beings in the universe, then they might have already found the solution. Lord Martin Rees, an astronomer from the United Kingdom assures that advanced extraterrestrial civilizations are probably no longer biological beings. On the contrary, he is sure that when humans colonize Mars in the future, they will become cyborgs within 1 or 2 generations.
According to The Telegraph, in a hearing held at the Hay Festival, the astronomer stated that aliens should now be cyborgs. “These intrepid explorers on Mars will be out of the clutches of the regulators and they will have every incentive to modify themselves because they are very badly adapted for Mars,” he said.
“They will use all these techniques to adapt themselves. Within a generation or two, they could become a quite different species. We don’t know what mixture they will be of flesh and blood and electronic, but if they become electronic then of course they could be near immortal. If that is the case they would be able to make a very long interstellar voyage, hibernating for millennia.”
Martin Rees was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, from 2004 to 2012 and President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010. As for this idea, other researchers and theorists warn that such Mars colonies will not only become independent from our species over time. They will be totally separated from the Earth and, possibly, the first interplanetary conflict will be created.
Despite all this, Rees made two final observations about the near future that most visionaries like Musk lack. Many are completely unaware that the Mars mass migration is nothing more than a rather dangerous “altered view” of reality. For him, dealing with climate change is something much easier than the work of terraforming Mars.
Ultimately, Martin Rees concluded that space tourism should never be used, as it would never be risk free. In fact, for him, it should be called “space adventure” and should be offered only to people who like high risks, such as those who prefer to do extreme mountain climbing or skydive from great heights.
Won’t humans be the top species in 2045?
In 2014, physicist Louis Del Monte said he believed the singularity — the point in the future when machine intelligence will outmatch even the smartest humans — is approaching quickly and will be here sooner than we think.
Del Monte, the author of “The Artificial Intelligence Revolution” said: “By the end of this century, most of the human race will have become cyborgs [part human, part tech or machine]. The allure will be immortality. Machines will make breakthroughs in medical technology, most of the human race will have more leisure time, and we’ll think we’ve never had it better. The concern I’m raising is that the machines will view us as an unpredictable and dangerous species.”
The average estimate for when this will happen is 2040, though Del Monte says it might be as late as 2045. Either way, it’s a timeframe of within three decades.
The expert noted: “Today there’s no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you’re going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines.”
To the specialist, this process is not going to look like any kind of Terminator-style war. He explained that in the early part of the post-singularity world, one of the scenarios is that machines will try to turn humans into cyborgs, beings modified with robotic parts.
Machines will also make great advances in medical technology, and most human beings will have more free time and will think that they have never been better. However, Del Monte also mentioned a problem in which the machines will see us as an unpredictable and dangerous species.