" A prominent futurist warns that humans may soon cede their top spot on Earth’s hierarchy to their own artificially intelligent creations.
In a new book, scientist, environmentalist, and futurist, James Lovelock, describes what he calls the ‘Novacene,’ – a new age in which humans could be eclipsed by intelligent machines.
‘Our supremacy as the prime understanders of the cosmos is rapidly coming to end,’ writes Lovelock in a new book titled ‘Novacene’ according to NBC.
‘The understanders of the future will not be humans but what I choose to call ‘cyborgs’ that will have designed and built themselves.’
If faced with the total destruction of the planet, cyborgs could decide to inexorably alter the planet to suit their needs over ours via mass geoengineering.
That world, while conducive to cyborgs – which don’t require oxygen or water – might lack the conditions for human life.
More likely, however, the super-intelligent cyborgs would opt to leave our planet before things on Earth got too unbearable. Here, they might even encounter other synthetic life forms on a similar quest.
Lovelock, who just turned 100 years old, says while his view may sound terrifying, it isn’t necessarily a grim one, but rather a natural progression."
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