Well, we’re always uncomfortable with advances, and we’re always advancing.
It’s good to question what we are doing, but it’s a laugh to think we’d stop modifying the human race.
Wayyyy back in the day, philosophers hated the written word. The were afraid of how books would solidify certain thoughts and keep them from evolving. The oral storytellers who would pass the entire song of the Ilead down from one storyteller to another were disgusted when it was written down, because they would be out of a job, and it would take all of the beauty away from it.
People were terrified of computers, because they would take over (they still might), and lots of luddites won’t have anything to do with them. Yet, modern society is almost completely dependant on them already. Less than one hundred years.
We are already part machine. We have artificial limbs that have computers, we have lots of people with artificial hips and shoulders, and heart valves.
I don’t think I would feel too bad at all about more artificial organs. Isn’t that better than hooking a person up to a dialysis machine for four hours a day? We’re already saving/exending lives. This direction will just mean it’s neater and smaller and better.
As far as the AI, the only difference will be whether we choose to put computers in our brain or not. The computers will keep getting smaller and smaller, and more a part of our lives every generation. What is the great difference between having a little chip in our brain, or having a little chip with a cord that projects an image directly onto our retina, that isn’t QUITE part of our brain?
Now here’s the other thing. It will become very difficult to be part of society without the AI implants. Just like now we expect most people to have internet access (just e-mail it to me) and a cell phone to function, the implants will be how all information and communication will work. By then, people won’t even have phones, they’ll communicate directly.
AI can be as useful and ethical as people want, or as controlling and oppressive. It will be nothing more than an extention of human nature and will.