Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will be integrated with our intelligence, enabling us to increase it or will replace it? On the web it is discussed, although the concept is much older than tools such as Hololens, Oculus Rift or Playstation VRof which almost every day new wonders are announced and which seem to have struck the imagination of a pioneer like Philip Rosedale who in an interview on Nautilus explained to think that by 2050, when probably the computer components have reached the atomic dimensions, an entire virtual world with a degree of detail that not only simulate the environment, but the same mind of a human being, virtual reality may be the norm and “reality” itself would end up looking like a museum to which we love to go from time to time to remind us as we were.
Personally I do not consider this hypothesis neither realistic nor desirable, but the fact remains that it is one of the possible future of virtual worlds technology. Using “virtual” to amplify our perceptions and our intelligence, however, it is much older: what could be more “amplified” of writing, an absolutely “virtual” activity which allowed for thousands of years human beings to enhance their creativity, knowledge, efficiency, and the same intelligence? The forms of “assisted intellingence” (AI) start with a huge advantage, given by the thousands of years of use and prior to experimentation that humans have been able to accomplish through them, while the forms of “artificial intelligence” (IA) conceived as autonomous systems able to process information in the same way (or better) than human beings, have to proceed by trial and error (and will probably do so for many decades if not centuries).
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