Wozniak: Mankind lost battle to machines long time ago

By on June 5, 2011
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Well, that’s encouraging.

Imagine yourself seated at the Australian Chambers Business Congress, among over 2000 business people, with Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak claiming that humans will be the pets of the house in the future and that mankind has long lost the battles against machines. Wait, what?

Lovingly called ‘The Woz’, Wozniak has been known for his eccentric behavior and showed pretty much exactly that as he dreamed up a Terminator-ish future for our civilization.

“We’re already creating the superior beings, I think we lost the battle to the machines long ago,” he said.

“We’re going to become the pets, the dogs of the house.”

“Every time we create new technology we’re creating stuff to do the work we used to do and we’re making ourselves less meaningful, less relevant.

“Why are we going to need ourselves so much in the future? We’re just going to have the easy life,” he said.

Wozniak then added that as technology evolves, we are gradually taking steps towards building a machine that can listen, think, feel and be motivated, just like a human being.

“My comment about the machines winning the war is partly a joke, but we’ve accidentally already put so much in place that we can’t get rid of from our lives.

“Once we have machines doing our high-level thinking, there’s so little need for ourselves and you can’t ever undo it – you can never turn them off.”


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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