Nanotech: The Key to Godlike Cognition?

For most of us, the term “cyborg”conjures Arnold Schwarzenegger from the Terminator.  But not for famed futurist Ray Kurzweil. Instead, Kurzweil theorizes that by 2030, microscopic nanobots floating through our brains’ capillaries will allow us to link into the cloud, exponentially enhancing our funniness, sexiness and intelligence.  Our cognition will no longer be bound by our singular memory, perception and experience–by harnessing the collective, it will be limitless and “godlike.”  And this is one of Kurzweil’s more mundane theories. Some of the others, alluded to in the article, involve downloading the consciousness of lost loved ones into avatars and being able to live forever. Crazy stuff, especially considering that Back to the Future 2, made in 1989 but set in 2015, promised us flying cars.  Then again, the film’s writers likely weren’t as smart as Kurzweil.  Regardless of how nanotech evolves, I think it’s safe to say that cognitive enhancement is an enormous wave that’s far from cresting.

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