There's a project in progress at MIT called '10x'
It's a project which specifically looks to design symbiotic systems between human and machines, which enhance the strengths of both parties. This idea appears to be directly derived from Linklider's vision and it feels positive.
In our last class we talked about arguments regarding whether or not computers can think. That discussion and this project have been whirling about in my mind to create this post.
In the manufacturing process it's arguable that the machine does a better job than a person, with smaller room for error. However, the one skill that humans possess that machines do not is boundless creativity in design and finding solutions.
Given a strong enough design, it is possible now for humans to stop maintaining machines and for them to continue to work on their own. For how long they could go on anyone's guess, but most would say a fairly long time. Does this imply the potential possibility of autonomy for machines?
The way the human brain processes information has often been compared to the way a computer works. Are humans becoming more like machines, by working with and relying on them so much? At the same time, there is a perpetual push to create machines that are more like humans, that can do a lot of the things that people can.
Will there come a point where the symbiosis is so complete that we will not be able to tell where humans end and machines begin? Is that a good thing?