Dawn of Human 2.0? Nanobot implants could soon connect our brains to the internet and give us ‘God-like’ super-intelligence, scientist claims
- A computer scientist says nanobots could connect our brains to the Cloud
- This allow people to back up their memories and communicate by thought
- It could also help to expand human creativity and emotions, he claims
- But some scientists doubt the technology will ever advance to that level
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 around us.
Tiny robots (illustrated above) that have the capacity to connect our brains directly to the internet could help to give humans God-like abilities, expanding our capacity for emotions and creativity
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 creativity.
CREATING LIVING ROBOTS
DNA already has the potential to transform the computing world by recreating living cells into data storage devices.
Now scientists have gone one step further and used DNA ‘nanobots’ inside living cockroaches that open up to deliver drugs.
The nanorobots, which can function like living computers, were created using DNA strands that fold and unfold like origami.
Bioengineers hope DNA nanobots could carry out complex programs that could one day be used to diagnose or treat diseases.
Daniel Levner, a bioengineer at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and his colleagues at Bar Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, made the nanobots by exploiting the binding properties of DNA.
When DNA comes across a certain kind of protein, it unravels into two different strands, according to a report by Sarah Spickernell at New Scientist.
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.’
Scientists developing nano-machines have created capsules of DNA that can change their shape in response to certain conditions in the body and a molecular ‘car’ that uses balls of carbon as wheels (illustrated)
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 microchip.
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.’
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ‘AS DANGEROUS AS NUCLEAR WEAPONS’
Artificial intelligence has the potential to be as dangerous to mankind as nuclear weapons, a leading pioneer of the technology has claimed.
Professor Stuart Russell, a computer scientist who has lead research on artificial intelligence, fears humanity might be ‘driving off a cliff’ with the rapid development of AI.
He fears the technology could too easily be exploited for use by the military in weapons, putting them under the control of AI systems.
His views echo those of people like Elon Musk who have warned recently about the dangers of artificial intelligence.
Professor Stephen Hawking also joined a group of leading experts to sign an open letter warning of the need for safeguards to ensure AI has a positive impact on mankind.
Dr Stuart Armstrong, from Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, has also predicted that intelligent robots could soon take over the running of countries.
He believes it’s a race against time to develop safeguards around artificial intelligence research, before robots outwit us.
Professor Hawking has said: ‘The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.’