Could we all become cyborgs like Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator’? Could we all become cyborgs like Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator’? Could we all become cyborgs like Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator’? (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Historian says we'll be cyborgs within 200 years

Will we one day become part man, part machine?

By 2215, humans will be able to "upgrade" themselves to cyborg status, a world-renowned historian predicts.

“I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so, homo sapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering or by the creation of cyborgs, part organic, part non-organic," professor Yuval Noah Harari, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said during a talk at the Hay Festival in Wales in support of his new book on human history.

“It will be the greatest evolution in biology since the appearance of life. Nothing really has changed in 4 billion years, biologically speaking. But we will be as different from today’s humans as chimps are now from us."

The idea that humans will soon be little more than computers with a conscience has other influential supporters. Speaking at the same festival, Cambridge neuroscientist Dr. Hannah Critchlow said that if a computer could be built to recreate the 100 trillion connections in the brain, it would be possible for man to exist inside a program.

No word yet on whether either intellectual will adopt this as their new theme song:


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