Machinelike Apocalypse?

“In the world of 2001, people have become so machinelike that the most human character turns out to be a machine. That’s the essence of Kubrick’s dark prophecy: as we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.” When I read this, I honestly got a bit scared for the reason that Kubrick’s prophesy is already in manifestation. First and foremost, I don’t believe the “machinelike humans” are everywhere, especially in regions/cities/countries with less access to the world of internet. But for those locations that do, the “machinelike humans” seem to be surfacing. Generally, the notion of the “machinelike human” is one who is wholely influenced by the internet in areas such as body image, fashion trends, political affairs, religion, entertainment, and so on. It seems as though some of us live through the lens of the internet or the social media. Take the ice bucket challenge for instance, which swamped all social and informative outlets including the news last summer. My gosh, just think of how powerful the media can be! Some of us are now heavily relying on these outlets to craft our own lives, which in a way is turning us into these “machinelike humans,” because most of our decisions may unconsciously be influenced by our media. Now this doesn’t apply to everyone, but by allowing the “machinelike” characteristics to manifest, we truly are flattening our own intelligence into artificial intelligence. Now my question is, is this going to eradicate our individuality pertaining to intelligence and creativity as we know it?


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