For many people, going a few hours without your smartphone glued to your hand can feel like a lifetime.
Now, one expert claims that humans are becoming so dependent on technology , that we’re actually merging into it.
Speaking at the Fast Company European Innovation Festival, Professor Yuval Noah Harari, a historian at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem claimed that it is becoming more and more difficult to tell where humans end and machines begin.
According to the Fast Company, he said: “It’s increasingly hard to tell where I end and where the computer begins.
“In the future, it is likely that the smartphone will not be separated from you at all.
“It may be embedded in your body or brain, constantly scanning your biometric data and your emotions.”
During his speech, Professor Harari highlighted how humans have manipulated our environment over time, and suggested that now may be the time to manipulate ourselves.
He said: “Humanity has always remained constant–with the same bodies, brains, minds–through the Roman Empire, Biblical times, and the Stone Age.
“If we told our ancestors in the Stone Age about our lives today, they would think we are already Gods.
“But the truth is that even though we have developed more sophisticated tools, we are the same animals. We have the same emotions, the same minds.
“The coming revolution will change that. It will change not just our tools, it will change the human being itself.”
If we do manage to merge with machines, Professor Harari suggests it could open the door to setting up civilisations beyond Earth.
He added: “Life will be able to break out of planet Earth and no longer be confined to this flying rock.”
While Professor Harari’s claims may sound farfetched, he is not alone in his vision of a machine-human world.
Back in 2017, Elon Musk claimed that humans should merge with machines, or risk becoming ‘irrelevant.’
He said: “Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence.
“It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed of the connection between your brain and the digital version of yourself, particularly output.
“Some high bandwidth interface to the brain will be something that helps achieve a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence and maybe solves the control problem and the usefulness problem.”
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