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The Endgame of Computing:

Expediting the Evolution of Man Through Augmented Intelligence

This paper is meant to serve as a conceptual vision for arguing the inevitably biological semblance computers will assume as the technology to do so becomes more readily available. Simultaneously, this paper will show how successful implementation of augmented intelligence—which is conceptually modeled after organic structures—has historically strengthened a product’s ability to connect with a user because it allows them to rely more heavily on the computer for everyday processes. Thus, as more electronics adopt biological components and more of these electronics utilize artificially intelligent programming, there will be a collision point at which humans will employ biological technology to emulate organic phenomenon. In other words, eventually both the hardware and software in all forms of computers that people have become dependent on for everyday tasks will mimic biological fundamentals so extensively that it will make humanity less human. I will prove this through this in three sections.
The first section will begin with an overarching definition of artificial intelligence that has been refined like through the century of its development. We can quantify the success of this definition by surveying the recognition of various artificial intelligence projects and their funding thereafter. Moving through history and examining popular pieces of software, it will be shown how this defensible definition of artificial intelligence is currently utilized by a rapidly increasing proportion of successful industries. Next, the paper will point out the biological elements in this model of artificial intelligence programming and expand that topic by showing society’s romanticized concept of technological ‘advancement’ is one in which electronics more closely model biomechanics. Last, we will pause after contrasting the definition of augmented intelligence, and its role in the swirling typhoon of these artificial intelligence researchers as an inherently necessary element for the interface between humans and artificial intelligence software.
The second section will begin in a much broader realm of computer science before looping back to augmented intelligence. We will rely on more theory in this portion of the paper as a larger portion of the data comes from studies and postulations. First, one must ask ‘what are the goals of computing?’ A small amount of research will quickly reveal that it is ‘to improve humanity’s the quality of life.’ However, to say that quality of life is ‘improved’ implies that there is a quantifiable set of data fields that the values of which are increased by computers. We will spend a large portion of this section trenching a path of enlightenment through data on the subject of quality of life until a quintessential list of basic humans needs is established. This is important base because we can use it to show how augmented intelligence has allowed us meet all these basic needs to the point at which people have minimized the amount of energy necessary to meet them.
Conclusively, the last section works to tie the two together by first proving how reliance on technology has allowed humanity to simultaneously become both more and less human. For example; the invention of the Gutenberg press forever changed the way knowledge was spread by waning the price of books, while equivocally causing a drastic reduction in the human brain’s capacity to recollect information. This same argument could be made for modern versions of augmented intelligence. As software developers become better at incorporating biomechanics into code, devices become more efficient and therefore more reliable; justifying an increasingly shallow understanding of the world as man is more trusting to put faith in a machine to process information on his behalf. This see-saw of balancing human intelligence with reliance on artificial intelligence will reach an apex once the organic mechanisms in computers achieve an equal level of biological concepts. At which point, humanity will use biotech as its new augmented intelligence; essentially causing perpetuating society’s evolution into something less human.

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