Google engineer Ray Kurzweil thinks that humans will be able to connect their brain directly to the internet by 2030 and cloud computers will augment our existing intelligence
At the Exponential Finance conference on June 3rd, the futurist predicted that humans will be cyborgs by 2030.
“Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking,” Kurzweil said. “We’re going to gradually merge and enhance ourselves. In my view, that’s the nature of being human – we transcend our limitations.”
Kurzweil predicted that, in just 15 years, we could choose to become part-human, part-computer. With the help of tiny nanobots made of DNA, he says our mind will be able to connect to the cloud.
DNA nanobots are less likely to be rejected by the body’s immune system than traditional hardware, since they’re made of biological molecules. Researchers have already used them to target and destroy cancer cells as well as store data.
But Kurzweil thinks that this technology could eventually send emails and videos directly to the brain, or even allow us to back up our thoughts and memories.
“Twenty years from now, we’ll have nanobots, because another exponential trend is the shrinking of technology,” Kurzweil explained in an 2014 Ted talk about growing beyond our brain’s physical limitations. “They’ll go into our brain through the capillaries and basically connect our neocortex to a synthetic neocortex in the cloud.”
Kurzweil believes that any potential benefits are worth the inherent risks: “As I wrote starting 20 years ago, technology is a double-edged sword,” Kurzweil said. “Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also burnt down our houses. Every technology has had its promise and peril.”