Big Picture Science - Meet Your Replacements
ENCORE: There’s no one like you. At least, not yet. But in some visions of the future, androids can do just about everything, computers will hook directly into your brain, and genetic human-hybrids with exotic traits will be walking the streets. So could humans become an endangered species?
Be prepared to meet the new-and-improved you. But how much human would actually remain in the humanoids of the future?
Plus, tips for preventing our own extinction in the face of inevitable natural catastrophes.
- Robin Hanson – Associate professor of economics, George Mason University
- Luke Muehlhauser – Executive director of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute
- Stuart Newman – Professor of cell biology and anatomy, New York Medical College
- Annalee Newitz – Editor of io9.com, and author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
This encore podcast was first released on July 1, 2013
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