Nanobot Brain Implants will give us 'God-like'
Dawn of Human
2.0? Nanobot implants could soon connect our brains to
the internet and give us 'God-like' super-intelligence, scientist claims
By Richard Gray / The Daily Mail
The human brain could be enhanced by tiny robotic implants that connect
to cloud-based computer networks to give us 'God-like' abilities,
according to a leading computer scientist.
Ray Kurzweil, an author and inventor who describes himself as a
futurist who works on Google's machine learning project, said such
technology could be the next step in human evolution.
He predicted that by the 2030s, humans will be using nanobots capable
of tapping into our neocortex and connecting us directly to the world
This will allow people to send emails and photos directly to each
other's brains while also backing up our thoughts and memories.
Speaking at an event organised by the Singularity University at Moffett
Field in California, which he helped found and TheWorldPost, Mr
Kurzweil said they could also expand our capacity for emotions and
He said this ability to expand our brains with the information held in
the cloud will combine with the power of artificial intelligence to
make humans more 'God-like'.
Mr Kurzweil said: 'There is beauty, love and creativity and
intelligence in the world, and it all comes from the neocortex.
'We are going to be able to expand the neocortex and so we are going to
become more God-like.
'We are going to add additional levels of abstraction and create more
profound means of expression so we are going to be more musical, we are
going to be funnier, we are going to be sexier and be better at
expression more loving sentiments.'
He added that it may be possible in the future to use the extra brain
power provided by the cloud to multiply human intelligence.
He said in the 2030s if he met Google co-founder Larry Page, for
example, in the street, the technology could provide some assistance.
He said: 'So I'm walking along, and I see Larry Page coming, and I
think, 'I better think of something clever to say.'
But my 300 million modules in my neocortex isn't going to cut it. I
need a billion in two seconds.
'I'll be able to access that in the cloud -- just like I can multiply
intelligence with my smartphone thousands fold today.'
The concept of nanomachines being inserted into the human body has been
around in science fiction for decades.
In the TV series Star Trek tiny molecular robots called nanites were
used to help repair damaged cells in the body.
Mr Kurzeweil said similar robots could be built out of DNA and injected
into the brain.
Last year researchers injected packages of DNA that would unfurl under
certain conditions into the bodies of cockroaches.
They DNA origami were described as being the first step towards
building basic robots that perform logical operations when it
encounters a specific protein – much like a 1 or a 0 from a silicon
The more DNA robots injected into an animal, the greater the complexity
can be achieved, and the researchers from the Bar Ilan University are
now working to scale up the 'computing power' so that it rivals old
8-bit computers from the 1980s like a Commodore 64 or an Atari 800.
Scientists at Rice University recently demonstrated a single-molecule
'car', which had buckyballs of carbon for wheels and could be
controlled by changes in temperature.
However, some scientists have warned the effectiveness of such devices
will be limited.
Most nano-machines are likely to find more use as ways of delivering
drugs to specific cells in the body.
Professor James Friend, a mechanical engineer at the University of
California San diego told TheWorldPost that getting approval to inject
these into humans may be difficult.
He said would be a great deal of concern about injecting 'swimming
mysterious things in your head and leaving them there'.
Other leading scientists and technology experts have expressed fears at
the growing use of Artificial Intelligence and called for tighter
controls to be placed on its development.
But Mr Kurzeweil said nanobots could also help people create realistic
avatars with the aid of artificial intelligence.
He said: In the 2030s, we will be able to send nanobots into living
people's brains and extract memories of people who have passed away.
Then you can really make them very realistic.'
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