Beyond Evolution: I,Cyborg


Quest for power, wealth, respect and pride created and destroyed various empires in the past. Either to create or to destroy, one thing is necessary: a war. War is the only way to create and maintain equilibrium. War is so important that according to Darwin, nature choose this method for creating a new species (I am talking about natural selection).

And no war can be done without weapon. Weapon can be a  gun, a tank, flying machines, bombs etc. I had already mentioned about mental weapon in my post  Beyond Evolution: Human Cloning and Beyond Evolution: Rebirth Of Einstein. But they are useless until complimented by weapons mentioned above. Our biological modification is limited (as I suggested in my post  Beyond Evolution: Biotechnological Revolution ). A Hulk like organism integrated with a robotic component is the next step. And after completion of this organism, the age of mammals will end and up will they rise in ‘Age Of Cyborgs’.

If this is possible, the whole table of classical classification will be rewritten. A new definition of life (which is still unclear) will be written. And the whole perspective of looking at ourself will change. However, there is a problem. How are we going to establish a society of just cyborgs. How can we create laws which is applicable to both mechanical and biological components in a single organism (I don’t know whether this kind of thing is worth calling AN ORGANISM). A possible solution is to apply regular laws to anything done by biological component while the mechanical part will be regulated by 3 laws of robotics*. Well this is not at all complete solution. After all a cyborg could be a potential of becoming a weapon of mass destruction. Guess we require a lot of political philosophers and biological experts to make this dream come true. And as of today, we just need the ideas.

*Three laws of robotics are, as given by Isaac Asimov (Russian)

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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