July 08, 2011, 2:31 PM —
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Humans eventually will be rendered irrelevant as machines increasingly become capable of taking over, according to the co-founder of a company with a long history of making machines increasingly capable of taking over.
Thanks a lot, Woz.
As technology explodes, humans are not going to be needed so much in the future and will settle back into a life of ease, [Apple co-founder Steve] Wozniak told a business congress on the Gold Coast on Friday.
"We're already creating the superior beings, I think we lost the battle to the machines long ago," he said.
"We're going to become the pets, the dogs of the house."
I'm not sure exactly when Woz thinks "we lost the battle to the machines," though it's safe to assume he's not referring to Windows Vista.
But the portrait he paints of our tech-dominated future is at once terrifying and, perhaps to some, liberating:
"Every time we create new technology we're creating stuff to do the work we used to do and we're making ourselves less meaningful, less relevant.
"Why are we going to need ourselves so much in the future? We're just going to have the easy life."
Great news for Zynga, no doubt.
While Woz later said his line about humans losing the war with machines was "partly a joke," notice he didn't say it was totally a joke. And this guy is an acknowledged visionary, so his prognostications must be taken seriously.
I, for one, am unwilling to yield control of the future to machines in return for an "easy life." I'd rather be struggling and alive than irrelevant and secure.
My guess is most people will agree. We're not ready to become the "pets" of machines, however intelligent, benign or morally indulgent. We crave our freedom and independence.
Though if Wozniak's vision is inevitable, my dog's life, for the record, really isn't so bad.