Implanted Chips Could Lead to ‘Superhumans’
November 10, 2017
Bryan Johnson, founder of Kernel, said the first step in its process is to design microchips that will fight disease, but his company’s goal is ultimately to “evolve the brain” to create “superhumans.” In fact, the company’s website states:
To further explore our own human boundaries, a wave of new technologies needs to emerge that can access, read, and write from the most powerful tool we have — the human brain. At Kernel, our primary aim is to develop technologies to understand and treat neurological diseases in new and exciting ways. We will then interpret the brain’s complex workings in order to create applications towards cognitive enhancement.
During his speech in Lisbon, Johnson said he expects that within the next 15 to 20 years, there will be a “sufficiently robust set of tools” to improve the human brain. He said:
“For example, could I have a perfect memory? Could I delete my memories? Could I increase my rate of learning, could I have brain-to-brain communication?
Imagine a scenario where I say “I want to know what it’s like to be a cowboy in the American west in the 1800s?” and someone creates that experience mentally. I’m able to take that and purchase that from that person and experience that …
I don’t know why it would not be the singular focus of the human race because everything we do stems from our brain.”
He added such technology would be “democratized,” much the way smartphones have become available to a broad cross section.