Can Nanotech in our Brains Make us Smarter?
Can nanotech make us smarter? Can
we put nanobots in our brains to enhance our memory or increase our
computational abilities? Plans for neuro-cognitive enhancement are introducing
new terms such as intelligence amplification (IA) or cognitive augmentation
and even machine augmented intelligence. Nano-neuro-techies are fomenting a
revolution in the cybernetic industry, which has been underway since the 1950s
and 1960s. The Enhancement Technologies Group, for example, wants to increase the capability of a person to approach a complex problem and
solve it. Increased capability in this respect is taken to mean a mixture of
the following: more-rapid comprehension, better comprehension, the possibility
of gaining a useful degree of comprehension in a situation that previously was
too complex, speedier solutions, better solutions, and the possibility of
finding solutions to problems that before seemed insolvable.
Such are the futuristic scenarios
being spun by nanotech prophets searching for nanotech profits. Like previous
technological revolutions, this one can be expected to have an impact on
society, with ethical and legal implications. Because of the bodily enhancement
potential of nanobiotechnology, it will pick up religious implications as well.
Theologians will ask: could advances in nanobiotech actually change or alter
what we have come to know as human nature? If so, according to what ethical guidelines
should we proceed?
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| Contributed by: Ted Peters