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Humans set to become 'God-like cyborgs'

By T.K. Randall
May 25, 2015 · Comment icon 42 comments

We may soon be able to augment ourselves with technology. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Raissa Ruschel
Biological and technological upgrades could eventually turn us in to a race of cybernetic immortals.
Historian and author Yuval Noah Harari from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem believes that within as little as two centuries the human race will have left natural evolution far behind, instead relying on sophisticated cyborg enhancements to 'upgrade' our bodies to superhuman levels.

The drive behind this, he maintains, will be our dissatisfaction with our mortal bodies and a desire to cure all illnesses, disabilities and even death itself in our pursuit of perfection.

"I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so Homo sapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering of by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic," he said.

"It will be the greatest evolution in biology since the appearance of life."
Harari, who is the author of the best-selling book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, argues that the reason humans have become the dominant species on Earth is because of our penchant for inventing fictions such as money and religion that have helped to bind society together.

"What we see in the last few centuries is humans becoming more powerful and they no longer need the crutches of the Gods," he said. "Now we are saying we do not need God just technology."

Even if a future dominated by cybernetics does become a reality however it is likely that only the most wealthy among us will be able to afford to 'upgrade' themselves in this way.

One scenerio could see the poor dying young while the rich go on to live more or less indefinitely.

Source: IB Times | Comments (42)

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Comment icon #33 Posted by DieChecker 9 years ago
Tell that to any woman that has gone to a plastic surgeon. A friend of my wife's spent her taxes on "non-biological enhancements" about 10 years agao. Waste of money if you ask me. Maybe it is just me, being old(?), but I don't like fake. It seems a vain thing to do to me, but some say it does good things for self esteem in some women.
Comment icon #34 Posted by XenoFish 9 years ago
I don't see a point in it because it's a temporary vanity. I can understand such a thing if someone had breast cancer and had to had them removed. Or getting dental implants because of an accident.
Comment icon #35 Posted by atomk12 9 years ago
Device Disclaimer: This device only works if you're not a blithering moron to begin with.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Phaeton80 9 years ago
'Augmentations' will could very well be the next step, hype. Its already here for the disabled, military. It will enter the public domain, and it will be very popular with those that can afford it. As it happens, Google has been focussing on robotics for some time now. Unsurprisingly.
Comment icon #37 Posted by lightly 9 years ago
i don't get the connection between Cyborg.. and God-like. Mechanical enhancements might give some of us extraordinary abilities .. how does that get to God-like?.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Harte 9 years ago
i don't get the connection between Cyborg.. and God-like. Mechanical enhancements might give some of us extraordinary abilities .. how does that get to God-like?. Long, white, cybernetic beards. Harte
Comment icon #39 Posted by lightly 9 years ago
will we have to go back to just taking Sundays off?
Comment icon #40 Posted by travelnjones 9 years ago
Cybernetic super kidney? Sign me up!
Comment icon #41 Posted by regeneratia 9 years ago
While the public education system is the tool, the Politically Correct have pushed their agenda to make everyone the same. As a result our test scores are down because now the children that can learn faster don't or aren't allowed to. If they do, what's their reward for this? Skipping a grade? Not likely anymore. Some schools have started accelerated classes again as I had in school. Too little, too late? Only time will tell. Not too late. Look at this: Stanford Report, May 28, 2015 Stanford study on brain waves shows how... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 9 years ago
Am keen on having nanobots in me, but not becoming a robot

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