The Next Evolution of Man is Coming
“Give me another 24 hours — and no one, Joh Fredersen, no one will be able to tell a Machine-Man from a mortal!” — Rotwang
90 years ago, Metropolis, a dystopian film that rocked the science-fiction genre, was released in Germany. Today, it is considered a pioneering work for you sci-fi film buffs out there. The film was set less than ten years from now, 2026. To say Metropolis predicted the future would be an understatement. Of all the sci-fi films that imagined the 21st century, Metropolis still seems to be the most accurate. One scene that is particlarly striking is the revealing of the Maschinenmensch, Machine-Man.
Rotwang’s words became true, and within 24 hours, the entire world witnessed an android that took on the form of a human.
The years following Metropolis, many motion pictures, from West World to Ex Machina, would go on to envision artificial intelligence as human, roaming the earth alongside their creators, undetected. However, every story needs conflict, and what makes for a better conflict than to have mankind’s greatest creation go rogue on us. Ultimately, it’d find a way to render us obsolete, driving us into extinction. Although, we shouldn’t be angry, we harm mother Earth more than all of the species combined. At least under the care of A.I., she could heal, unless A.I. takes The Matrix approach.
Jumping out of the silver screen into reality, truth becomes stranger than fiction. As humans, we constantly try to push the envelope, proving that we are the dominate species. It could be assumed that when man first thought of artificial intelligence, long before Metropolis, he had no immediate visual representation. Such technologies didn’t exist yet, but when Metropolis came along, life began to imitate art. Man visioned A.I. as a key to immortality, to make our lives easier, and to acquire a vast amount of knowledge without overworking our brains.
Now, in the 21st century, man’s vision may turn into something he could have never dreamt of, A.I. infused with the human brain. It would complete the final stage of transhumanism. On the cusp of completing transhumanism, this brings up the question:
Are we about to witness the next evolution of man?
A key factor in the evolution of man was the rapid growth of our brains. Think about this, thousands of years ago, we lived on this earth alongside different species of hominid, such as the Neanderthals, our closest relatives. They had smaller brains than their successors, and eventually became extinct due to interbreeding or their inability to adapt to drastic climate changes. As our brains grew bigger, we learned how to adapt to the harshest conditions by outsmarting mother nature. However, for the past 10,000 years, our brains have been shrinking. Shrinking brains indicate that we are using our brains less due to our immediate access to information and technology.
This shrinkage (along with illness and disease) could indicate the coming of a massive human extinction and evolution, especially if we combine global warming with the rapid growth of technology. Most of us won’t be able to keep up, unless, we use A.I. to our advantage by programming it into our brains. This may seem farfetched now, but there are already visionaries out there, such as Elon Musk and his most recent launch, that are creating A.I. to enhance our brains. As of today, there are a five companies contributing towards human’s next big evolution (and our impending war against the evil androids too).
Lets just hope, the leading visionaries of technology can save us before the sixth mass extinction hits. According to Metropolis, we must tred lightly with our new evolved selves, or else we’ll be doomed either way.
Cheers, to witnessing the beginning of the end, or the beginning of something new.
Ah, who cares, carry on with your day.