Many historians tend to categorize the history of world societies as three different steps. The three steps in a general category is the Roman, Religion and Science societies. Among the three steps, we now live in the Science society. We may ask what the next society is coming after the Science society.
Roman, Religion and Science Society
The Religion society has replaced the Roman society not when the Roman society becomes week, unlike out of our expectation. The Religion society destroyed the Roman society when the Roman society arrived in the strongest time. How was it possible? Whenever Roman leaders tried to kill Christians, the religion group became stronger and stronger because they sincerely believe that they can live forever in heaven even if Roman leaders kill them. Similarly, the Science society comes when the Religion society is at the top level such that all politics, cultures, economics are governed by the Religions. The more religion leaders emphasize the heliocentric theory, the more people move to the Science society because scientists prove the truth by a experimental way.
We now wonder what the next paradigm is after the Science society and when it will come? Did we go beyond the Science society already? One of the important concept in each society paradigm is the thinking way of death. How members in a society define the death is the one of the method to differentiate societies. In primitive society, people didn’t care about death. They might not be interested in death and life. To them, both death and life had nothing to be compared. Some people would die and other people would be born, naturally. They didn’t distinguish two status of death and life and accept them as a phenomenon of nature. In the Roman period, people wished to live as long as possible because their intelligence level increased. In addition to this change, there was another big consideration of death. They came to realize that honorable death would be happy. They wanted to be killed in a big war after killing many enemies as much as they can.
Table. History of societies and concepts of death
|Society||Concept of death|
|Religion||Immortality of soul|
|Science/Philosophy||Life extension/Hospital care|
|Future (21c~)||Health & Life care/Eternal life by Robotology|
In the Religion society, they lost the interest to live in the earth but focus on living in heaven after death. If he follows God, he will surely live forever in heaven with a lot of fortune. However, the Ptolemaic theory discouraged people to have the faith to live in heaven and they restarted to be interested in life in the earth. Rather than living forever in heaven, people pursued to stay in the earth as long as possible. The medical technology solves the problem by virtue of scientists. The scientists provide the method to live longer in the earth. However, the longer life has the limitation as well. It is long but not eternal. Hence, new society should solve the way to make people live forever.
Recently, cognitive and brain scientists reveal that the reason why people worry their death. By the research, it is because their mind expires. Rather, they seems to worry less that body particles and atoms would be transformed to the other forms of life or non-life. Hans Moravec shows some clues to finish that termination in his book ‘Mind children’. Transhuman robots will reproduce our mind and live forever without any death. Believe or not, the humanoid robot or artificial intelligence have been improved supprisingly. The following is an algorithm to copy a human mind to the future humanoid robot
- Beside your brain, the doctor will put an assistant memory chip which can store information signal from your brain.
- The assistant chip will be allowed to be refered by our brain as one memory neurons like other brain parts. Some information stored in the assistant memory will be searched and revealed automatically by the controller in our brain or any part of our organics.
- Once the doctor confirms that most memory in our brain is sufficiently stored in the assistant memory unit, he try to implement a bridge which allows the controller to bypass your brain part to the assistant memory since the doctor is sure that the contents in both the artificial unit and organic part are the same.
- The doctor will put the controller beside brain which can refer the information in your brain and transform the referred information to the requested place in your body. The controlled can be implemented from the starting point for the test propose although it will be needed in the last part.
- Now our brain systems are replaced by artificial units consisting of the assistant memory and the control unit.
- After this operation, you can live forever without worrying about death until you felt your life is too long to live.
By sustaining this technology with developmental speed, the singularity time will come around 2050 after 4th generation of hyper-humanoid robots appear. Remind that the level of artificial intelligence increases 30 times every 10 decade. The intelligence and body of the 4th generation robot will overcome those of a human being. And it will probably become a new intelligent inhabitant in the earth.