Matt, Fascinating piece, enjoyed it greatly.
Ironically I’m writing a piece right now which comes to the same assumption of inevitability from an alternative angle. [https://medium.com/@ChrisHerd/becoming-superhuman-49f270714c11]
Of course the worry, with biological enhanced cognitive connection to the network or genome alteration, will always be a moral one. The loss of empathy with the human condition will always cause food for thought and rightfully so.
Perhaps then the answer is that a fear of artificial intelligence has been fostered to gain an acceptance of augmented intelligence. Far easier to pursue an agenda of progress that juxtaposes an alternative we have all been conditioned to fear that either on their own.