Researchers have now been able to sequence the entire Denisova genome using 10 milligram of a finger bone fragment that was found in the Denisova-Cave in Southern Sibiria. © MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
What psychological twisting will occur to individuals as they adapt to more frequent and necessary interactions with modified humans, autonomous machines, and the spectrum of organisms in between? Will each generation be better suited to the situation than the previous by being born into the calm eye of the hurricane of cultural change?
Humans have fairly common physiological and psychological development stages during childhood. But even that will change with the options of intelligence amplification and more effective ways to learn (and teach). Perhaps some of the new ways to interface with other people (be they mostly natural or mostly artificial) and the environment will enable better and faster learning.
We should be prepared, not repulsed, by a future populated by crossbreeds of humans, animals, robots, and everything in between. Some will be virtual. Some of the more extremely changed people (posthumans) may not even be recognizable by others as human.
This strange new network of organisms will require a lot of strange new interfaces. But are interfaces enough to smooth out this potential mass confusion of identity and origins? At the very least, people need to communicate with other people and control their tools and environments. Still, if too many things change and new beings are created so fast that the “world spins” every year, how will people keep up? Will this be a constant state of emergency, in which the slow and frail are trampled?
Interfaces can enable chaos and conflict. Simultaneously, interfaces enable efficiency and understanding. An interface-oriented point of view is necessary to advance our world with robotics.