Will bio-electrical, bio-mechanical and medical nano-technology turn us into the "The Borg?"
Remember Star Trek - Next Generation, where we are introduce to a collective civilization called the Borg, who have augmented physiology through technology. In the TV series and movies this was not a good thing. Yet in other science fiction it is not only a good thing, but an eventual event for mankind as part of evolution and journeys out into space for exploration and colonization.
And today, we have the beginnings of the technology to turn us into this 'collective". Or is it just science fiction?
Nah. We're past 1984
However, it may actually happen. If technology is to improve human functionalities in certain procedures, then undoubtedly people will start to use it. The worrying part is the abuse of these technologies much like steriods. Kept in moderation, I believe technology is viable and will not turn us into "The Borg" unless people start to normalize the use not just to cure disabilities or disease, but to boost performance.
Check out Ray Kurzweil"s theory that he calls the "singularity" which is basically his belief that the exponential increase of technological prowess will lead to machines becoming sentient, the point which he calls the singularity. He has done the math and has predicted that this will happen around 2040. Just imagine that your brain had all the unfathomable speed, memory and networking abilities of a 2040 era supercomputer. You would be capable of solving everything in mere seconds. Its like trying to fathom the greatness of the infinite universe.
I personally would like to replace 1/2 of my blood with nanos that could clean arterial plaques, cure cancer, and give me superhuman endurance. (Like running at full speed for miles without breathing hard, or free-diving for an hour with no bulky scuba gear.)
I hope that one day it becomes possible "upgrade" human memory capacity, increasing the short-term memory tenfold, and making senility a thing of the past. (At least for those who can afford it)
No. If this happens - and it might well - it will be because we did it to ourselves.
But I don't think it will work. Human beings are natural animals, and much healthier in nature. I don't think human technology will ever catch up with the wonders of the natural world. People who rely on technology are getting sicker and sicker. People who are turning away from technology are healing.
So I think the effort to become machines will fail, producing a lot of illness and pollution. And people will heal by becoming more in tune with nature, and receiving its gifts.
In reference to Kurzwell's theory, he also believes there will be a World War (or a series of them) that develop as the economies, technology, and societies of the industrialized world develop far faster than the rest of the world.
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