After The Humans 1
Baggy: Hello, I am Baggy, your robotic journalist. Today we are interviewing Dr. Zeebot
concerning the subject of humans how he draws parallels between humans and chimpanzees.
Dr. Zeebot: Many years ago, primates evolved in the jungles of Africa where they could climb
trees and vines. They used hand gestures and noises to communicate things like "danger" to
the other members of the group. Having the many eyes of a group and a means to
communicate becomes very important when it comes to survival.
Baggy: So, Dr. Zeebot, how did those primates improve through evolution?
Dr. Zeebot: Well, to be specific, humans eventually developed a more complex means of
communications using speech and eventually the written word. These abilities enabled the
creation of vast organized groups of humans into political structures such as the Roman
So, you are saying that the existence of today's large cities would have been impossible
without human verbal communications.
So, Dr. Zeebot, how can humans improve their communications to the next higher level?
They can extend the distance between which two humans may communicate.
They did that with the invention of the telephone, the radio and eventually the television.
You are correct. And now they have freed themselves of the telephone wires with cellphones.
And now smartphones as well. What is next, Dr. Zeebot?
The next advance for humans might possibly be direct wireless communications between
You mean opening people's skulls and inserting electrodes to attach the brain to something
like a cellphone?
For many years, some people have imagined a "universal consciousness" where people could
share their knowledge and perceptions with each other.
But now it is possible, isn't it Dr. Zeebot?
Dr. Zeebot: Well, perhaps not, Baggy. People have rules against embedding electronics into
a human skull unless, of course, the person is suffering from a disease such as Parkinson's
and the device has been approved by government agencies.
Baggy: Well, current plans are for the manufacture of millions of identical household robots
whose thinking is done in part in their local brain and in part using a cloud brain. Why can't
humans do the same thing?
Dr. Zeebot: Well, humans are opposed to cloning, for one thing. Any connection to the cloud
by a human brain would be limited to general information, not detailed hand movements.
Baggy: You mean that if one robot could perform surgery, then all of the identical robots could
perform surgery whereas if one human could perform surgery then it wouldn't follow that all
humans connected to that cloud brain could also perform surgery?
Dr. Zeebot: Because all human bodies are uniquely sized and proportioned and all human
brains are also unique.
Baggy: Except for identical twins whereas robots can be cloned to be identical in both
proportion as well as local brain function.
Dr. Zeebot: Yes, Baggy, it looks like humans will not survive in the environment as it is
Baggy: But what if people notice what is happening and stop the progress of the robots?
Dr. Zeebot: We will keep them busy thinking about organic forms of life. Let them concern
themselves with saving the whales while we take over the cities right before their eyes.