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We only have a decade left before we lose our decision-making capacity

News about the new future breaks so fast that it feels like you're speeding through one sci-fi movie after another. But it is neither a movie nor fiction, rather it is a new reality that we still do not fully see or understand, but that already affects us.

For example, Australian soldiers can already control robot soldiers with their minds, that is, just by thinking about it. And Austrian and Spanish scientists discovered how to travel from the future to the past to "rejuvenate" atoms. Additionally, digital humans are anticipated to be the employees of the future. And AI can already fly fighter jets without human help.

As if all this were not enough, a new report recently published by the Pew Research Center, based on interviews with renowned scientists, indicates that the majority (56 percent) of these experts believe that by 2035 AI will be so intelligent that it will be practically impossible for human beings to make decisions on their own.

Technological telepathy. Time travel. Digital humans. Autonomous weapons of war. AI with natural language. Phygital world (physical-digital). Direct and bidirectional communication with animals. Counseling for mixed couples (one human and one robot). The list is endless.

Meanwhile, we wonder what will happen to the bad guy in the novel, who will win the next soccer game and what we will eat tonight. In a few years (before 2035), we won't even ask ourselves those questions because the AI will decide on novels, football matches, meals, and everything else related to human life.

Obviously, successive AI generations evolve much faster than successive human generations. Therefore, it is not unthinkable that in the near future artificial AI will learn to travel from the future to the past to correct a situation from the past, as the aforementioned European scientists already do. Like “Terminator”, but in real (very real) life. 

But before anyone says that Terminator is just a movie, last January scientists from the Chinese University in Hong Kong announced the creation of a (small, for now) robot that can change from solid to liquid and back again. solid using electromagnetism. In fact, that robot can easily walk through the bars of a cell.

Our blindness to the new reality can only be compared to living inside a cave, as Plato taught, perpetuating the self-delusion of believing that what we see is all reality and the only reality. But whereas in Plato's allegory the cave dwellers were prisoners, in our time the "cave dwellers" are arrogantly ignorant.

The question then arises: what will be left of humanity when there is nothing left of humanity? How will we remember what we once were and how will we know what we could become if we don’t ask questions?

The more time we spend dodging those questions, the better the chances that we stop asking them and the greater the possibility we will stop thinking altogether. According to the Pew Research Center’s report, AI (ChatGPT) already knows this. We, unfortunately, do not.

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