What is human-machine symbiosis?

Companies that develop cryptocurrency mining technologies bet on the direct relationship between humans and machines, which allow people to continue to maintain control over their activities.

Human-Machine Relationship

At present, the relationship between humans and machines is one of the defining facts of our lives. This reality has always marked a very important fact, the reality that humans have physical limitations for the performance of certain activities, but this limitation does not affect the human mind or its ability to find solutions.

The term human-machine symbiosis is generally associated with the projections that view a transhuman future, given by the improvement of human capabilities, such as the option of a technological device with different functions, from sensory to rehabilitation, to become part of the human body, which is currently a latent reality.

As time passes by, machines have been evolving au pair with humans and they have increasingly more capabilities that people do not reach, and although all of them have been designed, planned and developed by humans, what we need is to generate a symbiosis in order to coexist efficiently with a technology that clearly exceeds us.

The interaction of people with machines

However, beyond what the technological future brings, this human-machine relationship today is focused on the effective and productive interaction that people have with the technological devices that are at their reach, computers, mobile devices, smart appliances, vehicles, etc.

The human-machine relationship is at the most transcendental point in history, because we are faced with the dilemma that the technology that has always been at our service can take the lead.

In many processes that humanity carries out today, the technified tasks are left in the hands of the machines that have been created for it, even more so when these technologies have been potentiated through the implementation of Artificial Intelligence. And although automated processes improve their quality and performance in a large percentage, there is no doubt that costs and energy expenditure are an important element to consider.

Symbiosis in cryptocurrency mining

One of the most popular activities in the technological environment during the last years refers to the Bitcoin mining process and cryptocurrencies in general, process that in order to make it more effective and productive, requires the implementation of expensive technology and a great energetic waste.

Many of the large companies are implementing solutions to reduce these costs, for which they explore the application of AI in less draining systems, as well as the implementation of environmentally friendly energy technologies, which include even the transfer from its headquarters to geographical locations that represent better opportunities in this aspect.

However, some companies that develop technologies for cryptocurrency mining bet on the direct relationship between humans and machines, which allow people to continue to control their activities, make their own decisions and choose the way to perform these activities, without the need to make large investments in expensive equipment and lower energy expenditure.

The human-machine relationship could be defined in four steps as: (1) humans do and decide, (2) humans ask machines to decide, (3) humans and machines relate to work together and, (4) do machines decide and humans obey? However, the question is about perfecting our relationship with machines so that this last step does not become a reality.

In reference to cryptomining, people as machine creators continue to manage this human-machine symbiosis relationship in such a way that the control over them never leave the hands of their creators. So that productivity depends on the decisions and the way these activities are carried out, which continues to be definitely defined by those who manage the technology.

The fourth industrial revolution

In the so-called fourth industrial revolution, Artificial Intelligence aims to be the most transcendental element, although it is still far from surpassing the human one. But undoubtedly a convergence between biological and digital intelligence, a symbiosis, is perhaps the only possible way for the new and growing Artificial Intelligences not to overtake us.

This revolution is slow but definitely unstoppable. We have reached a point where current technology is capable of ‘reading’ what we think. There are already robotic prostheses, such as arms or legs that work according to our mental orders in the same way that our biological members do. Ocular implants directly connected to the optic nerve that are capable of partially supplying vision.

Everything we can imagine can happen in the technological universe, like what the ambitious company Neuralink has announced, a technology that aims to connect our brains to computers. The goal is to create a layer of artificial intelligence that can work biologically inside us using a new technology called ‘neuronal loop’ that will connect some electrodes to our cerebral cortex. Something like an augmented reality, but instead of being projected in glasses, it will be projected directly into our brain.

Technologies that bring the human-machine symbiosis to a level that surprises but that in turn scares us, especially when the possibility of a dislocation of consciousness opens up, which also has to do with a new way in which the human being shares information.

But beyond the fears and assumptions of fiction, we believe that the future that awaits us will not be a dystopia, but the result of human-machine cooperation, seeking as the main objective the increase human life quality.

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