A new report says it is “highly likely” that humans are capable of “improving the performance of their own intelligence by a factor of 10 or more” in the coming decades.
The report, released Tuesday by the non-profit Animal Intelligence Alliance, says humans are likely to “achieve higher degrees of autonomy” as they progress into their second decade of human-animal interaction.
That would be a “significant leap,” the report says, because “humans are naturally motivated to maximize their own self-interest” and that “we tend to be good at exploiting our strengths, rather than our weaknesses.”
The new findings were based on research by Dr. Jonathan Weil, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Human-Animal Interaction, and his team.
“Humans are extremely good at manipulating others in their own way,” Weil said in a statement.
“And they have the potential to improve themselves by a number of ways.”
The research team focused on a subset of animals that we call the “social animals,” because they tend to communicate and interact more frequently than their more social, cooperative relatives.
It was based on animal behavior that was found in the wild, and found that they were “generally more cooperative and cooperative” with other animals than non-social animals, the report said.
The group also studied the cognitive abilities of captive primates.
“In many species, social animals tend to perform better than nonsocial animals in tasks that are relatively straightforward, such as retrieving food, grooming and communicating with other members of their species,” the group said in the statement.
The researchers used a mathematical model that simulates what might happen to the world as we evolve into a species that is better at manipulating people than it is at manipulating animals.
In other words, it’s “highly unlikely that humans will ever be able to achieve a factor 10 or better improvement in their ability to perform the tasks of the wild,” the researchers wrote in the report.
“The ability to manipulate people is a major benefit for human-robot cooperation, which is an important function in the evolution of society.”
The researchers also examined whether “human-robo-social” behaviors such as grooming and communication are more likely to be beneficial to the human species.
“We find little evidence that humans benefit from their own socialization,” the authors wrote.
“Instead, the evidence suggests that it is more likely that humans improve their own skills by learning from others.”
Humans will continue to evolve toward greater self-awareness, social-emotional abilities and a better understanding of the world, the researchers said.
But in the meantime, they noted, the human race will continue being “subject to social pressures” to improve our own abilities.
“It is our goal to provide better-informed and accurate information about our human and animal interactions so that we can make better decisions in the future,” the AP said.
“This report is a reminder that our collective intelligence is far from perfect, and that the human condition is far more complex than just one of human intelligence, which must be improved by the evolution and refinement of human society.”
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