The line between robot and human is becoming a little streched after reading this article. “Upgrade Your Brain: Liquid Hard Drive Implants Could Increase Intellect.” This article is talking about how it might be possible for people to insert a liquid metal into their brain. This will help people with “Storing photos, documents and other files in brain-implantable liquid.” It could “one day be a reality after researchers discovered a new method of storing data in microscopic particles suspended in a solution”. While this only proves that the brain will be able to store more, it does not say whether or not the brain will be able to interpret this data any more than we can today. I think there is a larger underlying problem if this becomes a reality: socio-economic status. I also believe this new technology could take away what it means to be a human.
The biggest problem from the chance that people will be able to store liquid in their brains for a larger capacity of intellect is who will be able to afford it. Those that will be able to afford this what definitely will be a very costly surgery will be the rich. Those that are poor or middle class will have to refer back to the old way of working hard in becoming intelligent. I think of when I was a kid and for some kids in my class it was difficult for them to afford paying for field trips, lunch, and other school supplies. Think 50 years from now when your kid will be intellectually inept because you cannot afford to change their brains like the other rich kids.
This new form of technology is the basis of transhumanism. If you inject that stuff into you brain you are in essence becoming part robot. You are in a sense changing what it means to be “human”. You no longer have to think about things because they are already thought for you.
The article ends with this quote, “”Of course, that would take all the fun out of reading books and working things out yourself,” says Glotzer. “But you could learn stuff super fast.” I think this also takes away from what it means to be human. We inject robots and machines with information so that they can do jobs for us. If we start to inject people with things like non-fiction and ideas about what culture is, I believe it will take away from our critical thinking skills. We already have a googling machine that takes away our ability to have to think. All you have to do is put a few words into the machine and you get hundreds of responses for what you are researching. Imagine if we took that step out of the equation that you do not have to even search for something. You already know it. There is no time for critical thinking or stepping back from something and analyzing. I think that this will turn us into robots.