00. Human [vs/and/part] Machine INTRO

Over the last 150-200 years or so, humans have invented many tools that are so sophisticated that ‘they’ become more and more similar to humans in many of their functionalities, surpassing humans at many tasks, helping them at many more, and enhancing what it is to be human.  Tools are not only something that humans use anymore, they are transforming what it means to be human.  The entire society relies on machines for measurements and calculations, transportation, delivery, communication and more, human parts are being replaced with these tools for better health, and overall, nearly everything that has to do with humans has to do with the tools they invented.

In this special TVP Magazine issue, we will look at how these tools surpass humans on many levels, how they are part of what humans are, and also why the distinction between human-made tools (the machines) and ourselves (biological creatures) is blurry.  We will also look at the possibility of these machines becoming human-like: thinking, feeling, full of emotions, moods, and ‘creativity’.

The entire issue will also focus on the practicality of these tools and what we can do with them: from enhancing health while creating an abundance of treatments and cures, replacing boring, dangerous and repetitive jobs, enhancing our own senses, and more.

We will also present the real value, the scientific one, of these tools, and try to demystify the juicy news/articles/documentaries that focus of such tools: nanobots, artificial intelligence, artificial body parts, etc..

It will be a very interesting journey, full of the latest tech, different perspectives about technology and human behavior, games/puzzles and some science that will help you rethink what you are, and much, much more.

Parts:

  1. Human vs Machine – Many scientists, economists and tech-savvy people have been focusing lately on technological unemployment, while many newscasts increasingly point out that robots/machines are steadily taking jobs away from people.  Although they present certain key points as to why and how this is happening, we will not present similar ‘job-related’ arguments, but will instead analyze the various skills that humans possess: from their vision to strength, creativity to memory, mobility and flexibility, to see just how well they stack up against today’s best machines.  If machines can see better, are more flexible, and are better able to deal with more information and tools than humans, then it becomes very obvious as to why it’s a good thing that machines will continue to be used in place of humans, adopting all sorts of jobs that humans currently handle.
  2. Part Human, Part Machine: Replacements – We look into how we can replace nearly all parts of the human body with mechanical alternatives: from lungs, heart, limbs, spleen, to eyes or even parts of the brain.  We look at almost all of them, providing cutting-edge examples and the results of recent clinical trials for the devices we present.  We also might surprise you with an explanation of ‘how’ we see and why that is very important when considering the replacement of eyes with mechanical devices.  As a bonus, we’ll even show you people who can hear colors and others who see sound.
  3. Part Human, Part Machine: Enhancements – In this part, we look at how we can enhance what we are – our biology.  We look at nanobots, explaining what they are and what they can do today; how can we add new senses, from ‘sensing’ distances or impending earthquakes, to allowing the deaf to ‘sense’ words.  We will help you significantly rethink the way you ‘sense’ the world, and how enhancing our senses can dramatically improve communication and expand our understanding of reality.
  4. Human-Machine – In this installment, we cover how our own bodies are themselves machines and how, by understanding this, we can actually grow organs, print body parts, and create an abundance of very personalized medical treatments, all working together to solve the very important issue of health scarcity around the world.
  5. Artificial (or not) Intelligence, Randomness and Free Will – Have you ever wondered what “artificial intelligence” really means, or how it works?  We demystify it for you, looking at how cars can drive themselves, how software is now able to recognize faces, or play video games and conduct research, and if this software could become dangerous.  But all of that may be a bit of a trick, because the article is also about you, as we question human behavior and explain how to predict ‘randomness’.  We also have some intriguing games for you, interesting perspectives and some very real science that will make recent news titles about artificial intelligence look quite stupid.
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