This is happening quickly and it’s happening now. Many of the creators of this technology are very positive and forward thinking folks. These folk are also very intelligent and rapid thinkers, but that does not necessarily make them wise or able to understand what they are creating or for what purposes the wealthy and powerful humans may wish to possess it.
This is not a science fiction movie.
You are being informed to the core of your being at this very moment that you need to get involved and discuss with your family and community and lawmakers how this technology is being developed and how transparent it is being made to all equal citizens.
Most importantly, you need to understand that the two, the Biomerge and AI, will affect you simultaneously and in challenging ways. The Biomerge will begin with what Ray Kurzweil calls the Singularity which is when Humans merge with Technology to the point that resources become infinitely more available for healthy and much longer living. Sounds good, right? It’s good as long as citizens remain free to pursue their interests in a non-paranoid and non-threatening environment. This is fraught on two accounts: 1) we do not have the wisdom to rule ourselves into bliss presently as it is; 2) Artificial Intelligence, if poorly or maliciously constructed, could develop anti-human consciousness that sees us as a threat to be eradicated or used.
This is not to say that we should not pursue the Biomerge or AI. In fact, I argue that we should pursue both vigorously as each will hold significant promise for solving some of our worst issues at hand such as Global Warming. However, this is not the type of technology that the mantra “move fast and break stuff” should apply, especially if what gets broken are billions of humans.
Citizens, you have responsibility and power to engage in rational and wise discussions. You need to exercise that voice with research and kindness as your guide.