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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Coming Soon, Maybe: 'Knowledge Pills' That You Eat To Automatically Learn Anything

Prophecy Sign:  The increase in knowledge

Who wouldn't want to swallow a pill and wake up the next morning fully versed in the subject of their choice?  So much for the need for several years of post-secondary education, (look at the money you'd save).  But designing children based on a pre-selected set of criteria, (looks, intelligence, strength)?  That sounds like something straight from a dystopic novel or movie about the future, (eg the movie 'Gattaca'). If left unchecked that is exactly where the world is heading.

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Daniel 12:4 KJV

Coming Soon, Maybe: 'Knowledge Pills' That You Eat To Automatically Learn Anything
Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the MIT Media Lab, appeared on stage in Vancouver at TED's 30th anniversary event last night and made a number of predictions about what technology will do over the next 30 years. Via Ars Technica, here's his most startling one: In 30 years, Negroponte said, we’re going to be able to literally ingest information. Once information is in your bloodstream, some kind of mechanism could deposit the information in the brain. You could take a pill and learn English or the works of Shakespeare. He said little else on the subject, but Negroponte assured the audience that the idea is not as ridiculous as it seems. Negroponte is basically hypothesizing a pill you can swallow to instantly learn French or computer programming or anything else, something akin to the moment in "The Matrix" when Neo "learns kung fu" by interfacing his brain with a computer. 

"Designer babies" on the way? In China, scientists attempt to unravel human intelligence
But discovering the genetics of intelligence could also be controversial. It would then be possible to test a human embryo to learn if the baby is destined to be smart. In-vitro laboratories already allow parents to use genetic tests to screen their embryos not just for disease, but to choose embryos based on gender and other physical traits. BGI believes that one day there might be a test for IQ. If that day comes, Kaufman believes that children chosen for intelligence would have an advantage. "Given the choice, most parents are going to rather have a more intelligent baby than a less intelligent baby, sort of all other things considered, and that for the most part that seems like that should be a good thing," Kaufman said.

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