I recently watched a documentary titled Transcendent Man, a film about the author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. The documentary deals with the exponential rise of technology and Ray's own views on where the future of technology integration will end up. He believes that nanobots will be built that can patrol our bloodstream; technology will fuse with humans; and that a humans brain will be able to be uploaded to a computer/similar device, so that everything that made them 'them' can be preserved and saved. While this may seem like science fiction, some of his beliefs may already be coming true. Watson, IBM's supercomputer, already has surpassed the computational power of ordinary humans. I remember a story about scientists in England who implanted a microchip in someones arm who was then able to control a robotic arm all the way in America. The technology is here that will allow human/machine integration, it's just will anyone want to have it happen? Here we get into philosophy; will people lose their 'human-ness?' Will they lose what makes them, 'them?' I don't know, but the benefits may only be good enough for people with diseases such as Parkinson's or Huntington's. The singularity that Kurzweil spoke of, the seamless fusion of humans and technology, is a frightening proposition with consequences no one can predict with certainty.
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