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article imageSuper-rich elite of semi-human cyborgs will rule the human race

By Stephen Morgan     May 26, 2015 in Science
The human race is set for a giant evolutionary leap. Techno-humans will walk the Earth, but bionic super powers will be in the hands of a rich elite, who will use them to rule the masses.
Hardly a week goes by without the announcement of a some amazing scientific or medical breakthrough, which combines technological inventions with a "human interface."
News of a brain chip which moves a robotic arm by thought alone, a bionic eye to give super vision, or nano-robots racing through our blood to kill diseases — these are only the tip of the ice-berg for a plethora of scientific advances in bio-human technology, which is already underway.
It sometimes seems that the dazzling speed of change, and its unforeseen consequences may be out of our control. What's next, we might ask — a personality chip to change who we are?
The Telegraph reports a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yuval Noah Harari, predicts this process towards the fusion of man and machine will be the "biggest evolution in biology" since the emergence of life four billion years ago.
Writing in his new book, Professor Harari suggests that we will soon have a god-like power over death, and turn ourselves into a race of ultra high-tech humanoids.
At a meeting this weekend, he said;
"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."
The reason behind this, he suggests, is human beings' constant state of self-dissatisfaction, which will drive us to constantly improve or upgrade ourselves using genetic engineering or bio-technology.
The human race, it seems, will become a race of "chipoholics," compulsively driven by a need to refashion ourselves into more perfect beings.
“We are programmed to be dissatisfied, “ said Prof Harari. “Even when humans gain pleasure and achievements it is not enough. They want more and more."
He predicts this quest for perfection will replace current beliefs and faiths in a God with a new "techno-religion."
“God is extremely important because without religious myth you can’t create society. Religion is the most important invention of humans. As long as humans believed they relied more and more on these gods they were controllable.
“But 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," said Harari.
But the big question is, who will control this robo-human revolution, and will it be used for the benefit of a rich elite, who will become a ruling class of semi-organic cyborgs living in luxury?
The professor thinks only a rich elite will be able to afford the top technological advances. They will monopolize science and technology, he predicts, and they will use it to make themselves into super-human beings with far greater powers than the plebeian masses over whom they will rule.
In effect, a new ruling class of cyborgs will control society, and dictate how much the masses will share in technological advance, while ensuring that the greatest powers belong to them.
In-movie screenshot of the 2014 reboot of  RoboCop.
In-movie screenshot of the 2014 reboot of "RoboCop."
According to the International Business Times, Harari thinks the gap between rich and poor will widen, with the rich potentially living forever, as the poor die out in droves.
The idea is, perhaps, not so far-fetched. After all, the first technological revolution, by which humans gained mastery over nature, i.e., the introduction of agriculture, the tools for mass cultivation of foodstuffs, and the domestication of livestock, led to the rise of a rich, landowning class.
Likewise, the Industrial Revolution gave birth to the great barons of industry and an aristocracy of rich bankers and financiers, which continues to this day.
So, who's to say that the scientific revolution wont take the same path?
Prepare to kneel before your robo-rulers!
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