Planning To Join The Immortals? We Shall Be As Gods, Say Tech Billionaires
Ray Kurzweil, Google’s transhumanism Tsar and the tech titans who founded Google, Facebook, eBay, Napster and Netscape are using their billions to rewrite the nations science agenda and transform biomedical research.
Their objective is to use the tools of technology the chips, software programs, algorithms and big data they used in creating an information revolution to understand and upgrade what they consider to be the most complicated piece of machinery in existence: the human body.
The entrepreneurs are driven by a certitude that rebuilding, regenerating and reprogramming patients organs, limbs, cells and DNA will enable people to live longer and better. The work they are funding includes hunting for the secrets of living organisms with insanely long lives, engineering microscopic nanobots that can fix your body from the inside out, figuring out how to reprogram the DNA you were born with, and exploring ways to digitize your brain based on the theory that your mind could live long after your body expires.
I believe that evolution is a true account of nature, as Thiel put it. But I think we should try to escape it or transcend it in our society.
John Kerry Calls For The Internet To Be Placed Under The Authority Of The United Nations
US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking earlier this week in South Korea, said that the Internet needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly. This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for a technology founded on freedom. Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet.
Computers will have developed common sense within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the worlds leading AI scientists has predicted. Professor Geoff Hinton, who The Guardian reports was hired by Google two years ago to help develop intelligent operating systems, said that the company is on the brink of developing algorithms with the capacity for logic, natural conversation and even flirtation.