June 09 2008 / by futuretalk
Category: Other Year: General Rating: 9 Hot
By Dick Pelletier
Scientists predict that over the next three decades, technologies will bring about enormous changes in our physical and mental abilities. By as early as 2035, experts say, we could be living in a powerful disease-free, youthful body with tiny nanobots roaming throughout every cell maintaining optimum performance levels for all our daily activities.
Nano-enforced bones and polymer muscles will empower us with physical abilities almost beyond belief. We could outrun a horse, jump from the ground to a one-story roof, and focus our eyes to view microscopic creatures as small as dust mites. Cutting edge brain enhancements will provide even more super-abilities. We will control lights, security systems, and electronics with just our thoughts, and even perceive objects behind solid walls.
Intellectual property expert Fred Hapgood predicts that we will also enjoy “cell phone implants (which allow virtual telepathy) and memory backups (downloading memory to a computer disk) will also become available in this bold future”. Hapgood adds that it may be possible to upload and download entire minds in and out of bodies, achieving a sort of immortality.
Many of these abilities, experts say, are a long way off, but none are thought to be impossible. Most people embrace enhancements that would make them healthier, happier, and more able, but a few conservatives oppose this radical progress as not being “human.”
Ignoring this future though, may not be an option. If co-workers, friends, or competitors can search the Internet during conversations; remember exactly who said what, when and where; or control machines with just their thoughts, the only choice may be to join them or retire. The corporate world will definitely favor a neurotech-enhanced workforce in the future. (cont.)
Some enhancements will require upgrades as newer, faster; more efficient versions hit the market. This will be a pleasant activity as we search through all the possibilities to select an upgrade that provides the most benefits.
Our new intelligent brain of the future will process information wirelessly from a variety of sources. We will receive phone and video messages from family, friends, and business associates directly from their brain to ours.
Will this system be abused? A potential date might send a “virus” that turns on your pleasure center with the mere mention of their name; or more dangerous, a “worm” from a criminal could convince you to transfer funds to his bank account. But we could also “brainwash” these wrongdoers into becoming law-abiding citizens. On-line security experts at Secure Science Corporation believe the diversity of the human brain, combined with tomorrow’s quantum computing world, will make neuro-hacking extremely difficult, if not impossible.
Truly, intelligent regulations will be required as these bold human enhancement technologies become reality. In this future, each of us will enjoy more control over our lives. We will see unimaginable new cultural, social, and economic systems appear, and our lives will bear little resemblance to today’s crude 2008 existence.
Most experts believe – and this writer agrees – that our species will adapt comfortably to these changes as humans have always adapted to change in the past, and that things will be “business as usual” for those of us who can hardly wait to experience this bold “magical future”.