Justine Cassell: Microchips In Humans Not A Question Of If, But When


Paige Lavender

January 22, 2015

Justine Cassell, Associate Vice Provost at Carnegie Mellon University, said the advancement of technology, while scary, could foster new creativity and doesn’t necessarily mean humans will be replaced by machines.

“Certainly jobs are going to be replaced by robots, people in jobs are going to find their jobs being done by robots,” she told HuffPost Live at Davos.

“There’s not a single number of jobs, and once you get rid of jobs, they are no more,” she said.

Cassell also said she thinks the idea of having microchips implanted in humans is not a question of “if,” but “when.” She said she looks at the very recent history of medical technology, at this like prosthetic limbs, LASEK eye surgery and even contact lenses, as proof of how quickly things are developing.

Cassell said she’s sensed a “kind of moral panic” over technology at Davos, saying there’s been “so much more discussion of the risk than the opportunities this year.” But she says there are pros and cons about the growing advacements in technology.

“I enjoy the ability to leave my desk and do my work from Davos, I love the idea of, my students, for example, don’t know if I’m in my office or shopping downtown,” she said.

But she said the downfalls include the feeling that she must interact with co-workers when she may not have before, like while she’s on vacation.

This article originally appeared in The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/22/justine-cassell-davos_n_6507250.html

This article was written by Paige Lavender from Huffington Post and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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