The Internet of Human Brains

The term Internet of Things has gained some relevance over the past few years and we seem on the brink of that becoming a reality. However, according to futurist, Ray Kurzweil, that's just the beginning. He believes we are headed toward an Internet of Human Brains.

Kurzweil argues this is a natural progression that has been going on through biology and social change from time immemorial and that we are just going to accelerate that process with technology. He states that all the best aspects of human beings reside in our neocortex and that by linking our brains together in the Cloud we can increase our intelligence by a billion times.

He acknowledges these advancements are always going to be weighed in a risk-benefit scenario. He contends the good will outweigh the negatives.

Technology will alleviate basic human needs as we'll be able to 3-D print our clothing. AI-controlled vertical farming will provide plenty of food and medical advances will make us virtually immortal.

There is so much dystopia around technology and the future. People as prominent as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are warning us about the perils that await us. Yet, Kurzweil sounds a positive note, choosing to see the hope and the promise of these advances to transform our civilization in every way.

These developments could end human need and open the door to a civilization where our extended lives are spent not working to eat, but pursuing our highest interests for our betterment and that of humanity. At it's best, we're talking about a world very much like the one envisioned in Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, but perhaps far more advanced far faster.

With a billion minds connected to the capability of AI, can solving space travel be far behind? The possibilities are endless and astonishing. What a time to be alive, if we are guided by our higher natures and the best interest of everyone.

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Ray Davis
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