Professor Yuval Harari believes that inequality will reach evolutionary levels, with the rich making themselves into “God-like cyborgs” and the poor dying out. He claims it will be the biggest evolution in biology since life began.
Professor Harari, an Israeli historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, recently talked about the future of humanity at the Hay Festival in the U.K., according to the Telegraph.
“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 of by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic. It will be the greatest evolution in biology since the appearance of life. Nothing really has changed in four billion years biologically speaking. But we will be as different from today’s humans as chimps are now from us.”
Of course, this potential future as an advanced cyborg is only for the rich. The professor explained the poor will most likely die out as the species evolves.
It is not the first time Yuval Harari has spoken about humanity’s cyborg future. He wrote a book called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, going over his theories.
According to the Guardian, the book takes the reader through the major developments for the Homo-Sapien species, including the mysterious “cognitive” revolution roughly 70,000 years ago, the development of agriculture roughly 11,000 years ago, and the industrial revolution. Of course, Yuval Harari talks about his vision of a cyborg-populated future as well.
He argues that our descendants will be capable of living forever with their new technological bodies. The professors claims are ambitious considering that he predicts this in the next 200 years.
Prof. Harari theories go beyond cyborgs though, he also believes that religion will soon be unnecessary.
“What we see in the last few centuries is humans becoming more powerful and they no longer need the crutches of the Gods. Now we are saying we do not need God just technology. The most interesting place in the world from a religious perspective is not the Middle East, it’s Silicon Valley where they are developing a techno-religion. They believe even death is just a technological problem to be solved.”
Yuval Harari nevertheless believes religion was an essential human invention that allowed people to organize into societies.
Professor Yuval Harari’s ideas about cyborgs may seem out of the mainstream, but his book has become popular. What do you think of the historian’s ideas?
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