The distinction between nature and machine is beginning to blur, such as AI for example, and in the distant future humans will begin to adopt robotics onto their bodies, a scientist says.
As part of the new National Geographic series ‘Year Million’, experts have been discussing what life may look like in a million years time.
With the presence of technology in our lives continuing to increase seemingly exponentially, it is only a matter of time before human-robot-hybrids come to fruition.
Professor Brian Greene, a theoretical physicist at Columbia University in New York City, who features in the show, said that humans in the future will be unrecognisable from what we know today.
Humans will merge with machine in the future
He told Live Science: “We'd require an intense education to even understand the parameters of life a million years in the future.
“We're already finding, on much shorter timescales, [that the] distinction between biological beings and artificial beings is starting to blur.
“I could see a hybrid species out of the biological and the synthetic.”
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Prof Greene also said how we will have a much greater understanding of the universe and will be able to answer questions that have plagued mankind for millennia.
He said: “I guess my feeling is there are certain chapters in the story of physics we will complete.
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“We'll truly understand fundamental forces [and] the basic ingredients of matter, and unite all the equations that describe [quantum mechanics and gravity] into some kind of unified theory.
“But with every chapter we complete, we ask questions we couldn't even formulate because we didn't have the concepts.”
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The physicist added: “Einstein comes and gives us general relativity in 1915, and with it, a new description of gravity.
“Now we can address questions of the origin of [the] universe.”