Visions of the Future: The Intelligence Revolution. With Michio Kaku

Will computers think for themselves? Will humans be able to reprogram our own biology, making us “super human”? Will our kids be born into a world where every item is “smart”. Michio Kaku, another one of my favorite modern philosophers and Great Minds tackles these questions in Visions of the Future: The Intelligence Revolution

This video does a great job illustrating the vast changes underway on our world. By 2020 a microchip with the computing power of a modern cellphone will cost about $.01. As this draws nearer, chips will begin to be embedded in everything truly leading to the “ubiquity era” with thousands of computers per user. Humans will then (if not already) begin hard-wiring our minds with more processing power and altering our DNA to dramatic results. Humans may no longer be Homo Sapien and may self selectively evolve into Cyber Sapiens.

THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR!

Question of the Day:
Do you think humans will achieve this great change in our very essence?

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9 Comments

  1. April 28, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Cyber Sapiens!! Wow…what a fantastic thought. We are not too far away from it at all when i think about the high levels of interaction humans now have with computers.

  2. Timbo said,

    April 29, 2008 at 8:40 am

    dats a good one, Michio Kaku has gota be one of my favorite modern philosophers also.

  3. Owen said,

    May 3, 2008 at 4:07 am

    Incredibly we are probably just a short 10 – 20 years from the convergence of a number of life changing technologies: growing replacement body parts, genetic engineering, computer-brain interfaces, robotic-organic interfaces, nano technologies. The blind will see, the deaf (well they can already hear), the crippled will walk, and that ain’t half of it. Our big philosophical question, who are we?, will take a speed car down that road as well, and we better be prepared to deal with it.

  4. cardona507 said,

    May 3, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I agree Owen. I think that it will be sooner than 10 – 20 years. Already the question of who are we has changed with braingate, verichip, and other implants. Do you think that the human race is prepared to deal with such a massive question as “who are we”?

  5. Kate said,

    June 9, 2008 at 11:58 am

    The idea that it will be appropriate and ideal to imbed the entire human race with computer technology is short-sighted enough to render me practically speechless. We don’t know enough about human biology to make these leaps, nor is the idea of humanity being linked together through the Internet a rosy thought in my mind. Who will drive the Internet in that age? How will we remain free and autonomous beings? How do we stave off advertising, or other undesirable manipulations through such a technological system? None of these questions were addressed, and it bothers me that we can be sold such profound changes without a series that addresses both sides of the issue or any real public debate. WHERE is the debate?
    Basically, in the end of the special, we are told that biological intelligence will be rendered obsolete by the 2040’s, and that we better get on the train or be left in the dust. Wow. This, with an assertion that every human being will be fitted with some sort of brain chip (“thinking”, “memory” and so on) by the late 2020’s, is disturbing and upsetting to me, as we have not figured out how to solve basic problems that humanity faces- I don’t think this is the answer, and it may well aggravate conflict and contribute to the breakdown in human communication and community.

  6. Phillip said,

    December 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    DANG! Biological Intelligence will be obsolete? NOT WHILE I’M AROUND!!! Here is a biblical prophecy… :no one could buy or sell without receiving the mark… 666″ At the time the number “0” didn’t exist!!! It could be a warning to this era that changing mankind to “Cyber Sapiens” could be a major mistake!

  7. Phillip said,

    December 10, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    then again i may be nuts!

  8. Janine in WA said,

    February 5, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Philosopher!?! Is that what we are calling theoretical physicists these days?

    • cardona507 said,

      February 5, 2009 at 1:15 pm

      Perhaps Philosopher is the wrong word, but I think that we both agree Michio Kaku is much more than a theoretical physicists..


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