You think the uber rich are cruel and heartless now? Well just imagine what they'd be like two centuries from now when they're cyborgs.
That's the honest claim of a historian: The super wealthy of our world are on their way to becoming god-like cyborgs.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Yuval Noah Harari claims that the rapid incorporation of technology in human life will soon result in an evolution almost as big as the emergence of life. And apparently that impending evolution is the emergence of cyborgs equipped with high tech gadgetries.
After analyzing thousands of years of history of mankind, Harari believes we're on the cusp of another major evolution, after which humans would be so powerful they'll even defy death.
“We are programmed to be dissatisfied, “ said Harari. “Even when humans gain pleasure and achievements, it is not enough. They want more and more. 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 4 billion years biologically speaking. But we will be as different from today’s humans as chimps are now from us."
At the same time, he also believes that these godly powers will only be in the hands of the wealthiest elite. The lifespan of the poor, meanwhile, will continue to remain the same or even deteriorate. He also has some rather unorthodox views about religion and technology.
"God is extremely important because without religious myth you can’t create society," he said, adding: "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."
While for the most part, Harari's theory seems too farfetched, but he is accurate at least in one area. The gap between the rich and the poor is widening at a frightening pace and it won't be shocking that in a few centuries the concept of life for these two classes of people is completely different.