Philosopher Huw Price thinks “we humans are nearing one of the most significant moments in our entire history: the point at which intelligence escapes the constraints of biology.” He frets that “if technology does get to this stage, the most important fixed point in our landscape is no longer fixed”:
Technology will have modified the one thing, more than anything else, that has made it “business as usual” so long as we have been human. Indeed, it’s not really clear who “we” would be, in those circumstances. Would we be humans surviving (or not) in an environment in which superior machine intelligences had taken the reins, to speak? Would we be human intelligences somehow extended by nonbiological means? Would we be in some sense entirely posthuman (though thinking of ourselves perhaps as descendants of humans)?