A historian from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yuval Noah Harari, claims that wealthy people living 2 centuries from now will have grown into “god-like” immortal cyborgs. Also, according to him, poor people alive in that era will eventually die out.
Yuval Noah Harari, the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Human Kind, states that humans and machines would constitute the greatest instance of evolution ever since life appeared. He divulged his ‘prediction’ at the Hay Festival of Literature & Arts in Wales. He explained that the technological headway made by man would lead him to become god-like creatures; according to him, the latter would be different from humans just like humans are different from chimpanzees.
“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,” he told the audience.
“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.”
However, this transformation would only happen to the rich people; the cyborg technology would not be affordable to the poor people.
He also said that the wealthy people might become immortal. Talking about ambitious and merciless predictions.
“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. They believe even death is just a technological problem to be solved,” he added.