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Astronomer Royal says this could be mankind's 'last century on Earth'
climate change to an over-reliance on technology, that it is hard to see how humanity can survive. READ MORE: AI will become Earth's 'dominant life-form' and keep humans 'like we keep plants'Some others who feel the same way as the 80-year-old, who was was elevated to a life peerage in 1995 and sits in the House of Lords, say that uploading ourselves into immortal robot bodies could be the answer to our long-term problems.Lord Rees agrees with those who see a post-human future where humanity merges with AI, telling the Cheltenham Science Festival earlier this year that mankind would almost certainly be “superseded” by artificially intelligent super-robots within the next millennium.But, he told New Statesman magazine, that development will bring with it a serious philosophical question: “To what extent is it still going to be you?,” he asks.“Because we are linked to our bodies and they could make multiple clones of this electronic thing, so which one is going to be you?”Predicting that when we eventually meet an extraterrestrial intelligence it is more likely to take the form of an AI robot than a flesh-and-blood creature, he says that the post-humans of the far future – if there is one – will barely recognise us.Humans seem very likely to “transition from flesh and blood towards electronic entities,” he wrote in his 2018 book On The Future, but he said that he had “zero confidence” that the vastly modified humans of tomorrow, or their AI companions “will have any emotional resonance with us”.While we are some “forty-five million centuries into the history of Earth,” he said, if mankind manages to survive its current challenges our future could be “at least as long as the past”.“We may not even be at the halfway stage in
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Leftfield announce intimate UK tour dates, share new track ‘Accumulator’
Leftfield have shared a high-octane new single, ‘Accumulator’, and announced a run of “intimate” UK tour dates ahead of their new album ‘This Is What We Do’ in December.A press release describes ‘Accumulator’ as “a combination of skin and circuits, old and new,” as well as “an instinctive nod towards classic rave sounds”.It was also the first track written for the album, and was tested early on by Neil Barnes – who has led the project since the band’s initial split in 2002, when he and band member Paul Daley decided to pursue separate projects – during his DJ sets.Listen to ‘Accumulator’ below.Back in July, the band shared details of their forthcoming album ‘This Is What We Do’, as well as the record’s first single, ‘Pulse’.The announcement marked the first new music from the London electronic outfit since 2015’s ‘Alternative Light Source’. Recorded with long-time studio and mix engineer Adam Wren, the new album will feature guest contributions from Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten, author and poet Lemn Sissay, and more.According to a press release, the album will explore “themes around love, acceptance, diversity and healing,” particularly in the wake of both the coronavirus pandemic and Barnes addressing his “own drive to heal childhood trauma as a backdrop.”‘This Is What We Do’ is set to be released via Virgin Records on December 2.
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