Expert Claims Humans Will Evolve Into Godlike Cyborgs Within 200 Years

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 2:13PM
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 2:13PM
Expert Claims Humans Will Evolve Into Godlike Cyborgs Within 200 Years
Between laptops, smartphones, iPads, Google Glass, and so much more, it seems that technology is gradually encroaching on every aspect of human life. Professor Yuval Noah Harari, who recently wrote a landmark book on human evolution, takes it one step further: he claims that cyborgism is all but inevitable, and may happen in as little as the next two centuries. He goes so far as to call this imminent cyborg revolution "the greatest evolution in biology since the appearance of life."



Harari claims that human nature is the culprit for the ongoing technical revolution: "We are programmed to be dissatisfied. Even when humans gain pleasure and achievements it is not enough. They want more and more."

He goes on to argue that as a result of this facet of human nature, we will continue to upgrade ourselves until we match some kind of "divine" ideal: "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. It will be the greatest evolution in biology since the appearance of life. Nothing really has changed in four billion years biologically speaking. But we will be as different from today's humans as chimps are now from us."

According to Harari, the changing human conception of a "divine being" is key to this next stage of evolution, as technology is slowly replacing religion in the public consciousness: "God is extremely important because without religious myth you can't create society. Religion is the most important invention of humans. As long as humans believed they relied more and more on these gods they were controllable.

"But what we see in the last few centuries is humans becoming more powerful and they no longer need the crutches of the Gods. Now we are saying we do not need God just technology. The most interesting place in the world from a religious perspective is not the Middle East, it's Silicon Valley where they are developing a techno-religion. They believe even death is just a technological problem to be solved."

Via The Telegraph.
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