“The main science mega-project of the 2045 Initiative aims to create technologies enabling the transfer of a individual’s personality to a more advanced non-biological carrier, and extending life, including to the point of immortality.” – 2045 Initiative
The question, however, remains: How are these scientific discoveries and technological developments helping ensure that future methods of mind uploading and avatar designs are successful?
Robotic Chef: The ability for robotics to perform complex operations, such as cooking, represents a sign of the industry’s changing tide. Before, robotics were extremely clunky, very inefficient, and beyond expensive. Now we’re witnessing a complete overhaul in the development of robots – not just in price or aesthetic pleasure, but equally in their performance. Eventually we’re going to be attached to robotics in some way and it will be an absolute requirement that they’re as efficient as, if not more so than, human biology.
Mini Augmented Vision: Car manufacturer BMW has unveiled a prototype that will not only change the way we drive in our everyday lives, but subsequently will change the way we interact with the rest of the world. Augmented vision is a crucial step in the cyborgization of humanity insofar that people are given the ability to visualize the world from a non-biological perspective. Vision has always been dominated by biology, but is now becoming a limitation that we’ll soon transcend using advanced technology.
Google’s Robot Army: Google’s recent patent of creating a “robot army,” per se, just comes to show the level of importance our society has now placed upon the robotics industry. We recognize that robots are getting smarter and more efficient, and thus should be used to help address incredible issues of our time. The ability to harness this technology and deploy them when needed will be an amazing feat, but it would appear that Google is well on its way in achieving this.
Century-Long Adapting Software: DARPA’s recent four-year venture in designing software systems that won’t require an update or an upgrade for at least a century is definitely a formidable quest. Instead of updating, these software systems will simply adapt to whatever changes that might occur – both externally and internally. In other words, this will be the next crucial step in technology mimicking human biology and behavior. As we begin integrating ourselves with that of advanced technology, we’ll need to ensure that our ability to adapt with ongoing changes remains as efficient as, if not more efficient than, we’re currently capable of.
3D Printed Rocket Engine: 3D printing has definitely come a long way. The ability to 3D print functional rocket engines that we’ll use to help enhance our space traveling methods is certainly an impressive achievement. It marks a turning point in our history of engineering that presents us with as many opportunities as it does in challenges. The common phrase “This isn’t rocket science!” is no longer true – this is rocket science! 3D printing is now capable in adhering to rocket science, which paves the way in greater, more complex designs for several other industries, including but not limited to the ability to 3D print non-biological avatars in the near future.
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