The next billion dollar industry will not be a service or product – it will be upgrading humans, an expert has revealed.
It has been suggested that humans will have access to technology that will allow them to ‘upgrade themselves into gods’.
Bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari has also warned that because not everyone will be able to experience the upgrade, due to costs, there will be a divide that could spark ‘old racist ideologies’ – but this time, differences will be ‘engineered and manufactured’.
‘The greatest industry of the 21st century will probably be to upgrade human beings,’ Harari, who explores bleak future of humanity and ‘the rise of the useless class’ in his novel Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, told Jeremy Olshan with MarketWatch.
Humans have been running on the same hardware and software for some 200,000 years, leaving us to be the ultimate project – and that is where Harari’s prediction comes into play.
‘When we think about the future we generally think about a world in which people who are identical to us in every important way enjoy better technology: laser guns, intelligent robots, and spaceships that travel at the speed of light,’ Harari shared on his website.
‘Yet the revolutionary potential of future technologies is to change Homo sapiens itself, including our bodies and our minds, and not merely our vehicles and weapons.’
‘The most amazing thing about the future won’t be the spaceships, but the beings flying them.’