“Nanobots will augment and ultimately replace our organs and expand our brain”, says Ray Kurzweil, who will argue at Time magazine’s The Future of Life conference in the LIFESPAN: HOW LONG? HOW FUN? session.
In the coming decades, a radical upgrading of our body’s physical and mental systems, already underway, will use nanobots to augment and ultimately replace our organs. We already know how to prevent most degenerative disease through nutrition and supplementation; this will be a bridge to the emerging biotechnology revolution, which in turn will be a bridge to the nanotechnology revolution. By 2030, reverse-engineering of the human brain will have been completed and nonbiological intelligence will merge with our biological brains.
I’m currently deep in the process of writing my first book on how technologies like nanotechnology will have radical implications on the human condition. I disagree with Bill Joy’s article that the future doesn’t need us. Quite the contrary, the future is going to need us more that ever. Rather than be replaced by advancing nanotechnology and Artificial Intelligence, these technologies will enhance us. The future is not AI, but IA – Intelligence Augmentation. My first foray into serious writing is daunting, but if for some reason I never complete the book, I will most likely make it available on the net.
[Update: I’ve made some of this book material available here.]