Big Picture Science – Meet Your Replacements

by Gary Niederhoff on June 29, 2013

Meet Your Replacements

There’s no one like you. At least, not yet. But in some visions of the future, androids can do just about everything, computers will hook directly into your brain, and genetic human-hybrids with exotic traits will be walking the streets. So could humans become an endangered species?

Be prepared to meet the new-and-improved you. But how much human would actually remain in the humanoids of the future?

Plus, tips for preventing our own extinction in the face of inevitable natural catastrophes.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Robin Hanson on “emulations”
Part 2: Gary’s emulation meets its own emulation
Part 3: Luke Muehlhauser on artificial intelligence
Part 4: Stuart Newman on the human/chimpanzee hybrid
Part 5: Annalee Newitz on surviving extinction

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