9.3 – THE NEXT HUMANS (5.20.16)

BRAIN MAPPING [4f]

Geneva, Switzerland. 2013. Henry Markram founds the Human Brain Project – a ten year scientific venture funded by the EU, involving hundreds of researchers from 135 institutions in 26 countries. The goal of this project is to create a fully simulated model of the human brain inside a computer.

“A lot of people are really excited about the idea of – if we could map out the structure of the human brain, neuron for neuron, and every connection, then we can download every connection that we have in our brain, all that information, onto a computer.”

– Heather Berlin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
(Prof. of Neuroscience, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine),
(Neuroscientist, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai)

The Human Brain Project is only one of a number of brain-mapping ventures.

President Obama (video footage): ...the next great American project, and that’s what we’re calling the BRAIN Initiative.

In 2013, President Barack Obama unveiled a $4.5 billion project called the BRAIN Initiative. And Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has invested over $500 million in the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Futurists speculate that if these initiatives are successful, the implications could be profound.

“Imagine having every piece of knowledge that every human has ever collected. And if you crunch that down into a digital consciousness…that’s going to unlock everything.”

Gray Scott (Futurist)

“We can know things about the world and about life that no individuals have ever previously known, because they’re all from the aggregation of all of human knowledge that’s going together. So, these are the kinds of powers that would have been viewed as god-like in previous eras.”

– Gregory Stock, Ph.D. (Founding Director,
UCLA Program on Medicine, Technology, & Society)

Could we be on the verge of creating a superhuman intelligence, able to outperform a human at any task? And if so, are we at risk of being replaced by machines entirely? Transhumanists believe what lies ahead could actually be a merging of man and machine.

“If we can map the human brain into technology, then I could take your brain or somebody else’s brain and copy it into a computer. A technological one that could potentially live forever.”

Kevin Warwick (Prof. of Cybernetics, Coventry Univ.)

“What happens if we gain the ability to upload our consciousness into some sort of cloud virtual Internet technology? It’s not that far from the spectrum of a realizable goal, because we’re already seeing neurological implants that can be put into the brain that can be used to control the movement of an artificial arm. What happens if those neural implants can actually take the true essence of what it means to be conscious, and break that down into some sort of pure information that could live apart from a biological substrate? It could make itself far more massive, far more intelligent than any human ever had been before.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Could extraterrestrials have steered our evolution towards technology, so that we may merge man directly with machine, eliminating our biological restraints? And if so, might our futures lie entirely in a digital realm of silicon and bits of code? Many believe the answer lies not in what we are becoming, but where we are going.

“It won’t be long before mankind has reached the point where we have the technology and the artificial intelligence to leave our planet and go into space, just like extraterrestrials before us. So, you’ve got to wonder: are extraterrestrials somehow guiding us and manipulating us into this new future and this new human that we are destined to be?”

 – David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Is it possible that extraterrestrials have led us to a post-biological future, so that we can rejoin then in the cosmos? And if so, might they have used these same technologies to visit Earth in the distant past? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and look to NASA’s own attempts at re-engineering man for space.

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