Our brains will be directly connected to the Internet in the next 15 years, making us "hybrids," one artificial intelligence pioneer predicts.
Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, said at the Exponential Finance conference in New York on Wednesday that this transformation, in which nanobots will help the brains of every human connect to computers, will be complete in the 2030s, according to CNN Money. He believes these computers will result in a dramatic change in our intelligence.
"Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking," Kurzweil said.
He added that this shift will give people the ability to obtain information from the Internet as well as send data over these networks, which will give us the ability to pack up our brains, The Independent reported.
Kurzweil's other predictions include our brains evolving as the cloud improves and our thinking mostly being non-biological by the 2040s.
"We're going to gradually merge and enhance ourselves," he said. "In my view, that's the nature of being human- we transcend our limitations."
Kurzweil is known for making accurate predictions of how technology will evolve, having claimed in the 1990s that people would be using wireless technology on a daily basis by 2009, The International Business Times reported. He also said at the conference at Wednesday that experts should be careful about how technology improves in the future.
"As I wrote starting 20 years ago, technology is a double-edged sword," Kurzweil said. "Fire kept us warm and cooked our food but also burnt down our houses. Every technology has had its promise and peril."