Google’s director of engineering is saying implanting computers “inside our brains” is upon us, words theologians and Christian bioethicists consider a “slap in the face” to Christ and would result in horrific human rights violations.
According to the Daily Mail, Ray Kurzweil, a futurist who works on Google’s machine learning project, said at the South by Southwest conference taking place this week in Austin, Texas, that by the year 2029, technological “singularity” will be achieved, the complete merging of human and computer intelligence.
By that time “computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview with South by Southwest. “That leads to computers having human intelligence, our putting them inside our brains, connecting them to the cloud, expanding who we are.” The joining together of human beings and computer technology at this level, he maintained, will make people “funnier,” “sexier,” and will “exemplify all the things that we value in humans to a greater degree.”
But bioethicists and theologians who spoke with The Christian Post could not disagree more fervently.
Fay Voshell, an award-winning theologian who earned her Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and writes regularly for The American Thinker, said that these tech honchos would have an outrageous level of control over humanity should this ever happen.
“A technological elite comprised of demi-gods who decide how the rest of us think and act by programming us may well result in abuse and deformations as severe as those depicted in The Island of Dr. Moreau or Frankenstein,” Voshell said in a CP interview Thursday.
“What tech geniuses would like to insert dumb chips into the neo cortexes of people, making them subhuman slaves?” she asked.
The “singularity” that Kurzweil predicts is near is not merely about the purportedly noble purposes he says this technology will accomplish such as “meeting physical needs” of people or enhancing “artistic qualities,” but it also involves creating a single global consciousness.
“Ultimately, it will affect everything,” Kurzweil said.
SOURCE: The Christian Post