We are at an inflection point for humanity, a transition that follows our early tool-making and more recent software making. Those tools all extended our capabilities, but come with unintended consequences. We use knives to cook and to stab. Cars melt distance and hit pedestrians.

But something is different now. The recent emergence of generative AI (after decades of accumulating research) has justifiably brought issues to the fore that need public airing. We’re not talking about “is it conscious?,” but rather questions like “how might we restrict dangerous uses of the technology?” and “as software replaces human labor, what happens to the humans?”

Because GenAI has so much potential, and is likely to be an increasing element in our lives, we get to a meta-question we love: “What does it mean to be a good Cyborg?”

This is a topic Jerry Michalski and I have been exploring over recent months. We’ve reached a stage where connecting with more thinkers is essential, both to highlight these important questions and to address them more effectively.

For more, see Cyborgs with Heart at www.cyborgswithheart.com and drop us a note if you’d like to be a part of this initiative.