This is true, according to one of the most widely respected figures in science, Dr. Michio Kaku, a Harvard graduate and professor of theoretical physics.
Kaku, who has hosted several TV specials for the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and the Science Channel, says what was once the province of science fiction is now a reality.
He offers a compelling look at the research being done in top laboratories around the world based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics in his new book, “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.”
In a recent interview on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Kaku told Stewart, “We might be able to have a play button — you hit the play button and you upload mathematics. You upload calculus right into your brain. This is now being done on a small level with mice. You can actually upload memories! Eventually we’re going to be doing it with primates and eventually, perhaps, with Alzheimer’s patients. We’re going to have a brain pacemaker that allows us to upload memories into the damaged hippocampus, so that people that have Alzheimer’s will have memories again.”
Kaku referred to another theoretical physicist to prove his point, telling Stewart, “Think of Stephen Hawkins. He’s totally paralyzed. He has a chip in his right brain. In his glasses there is a chip that picks up radio waves in his mind, transfers it to his laptop and he can type — mentally type! It allows him to operate his wheelchair, operate household appliances, surf the Web, answer emails — even though he is totally paralyzed!”
Amazingly, the March 7, New York Times, reported, “In June of this year (2014), the World Cup in Brazil will begin not with a flashy musical number or a team of flying acrobats but with a simple scientific demonstration. A paralyzed teenager will make the ceremonial first kick. This feat will be accomplished through an “exoskeleton” directly controlled by the teenager’s thoughts and read through a helmet-mounted EEG machine. That kick, guided by an extraordinary brain-to-machine interface, may be our initiation into our post-human future.”
“We have learned more about the brain in the last 15 years than in all prior human history, and the mind, once considered out of reach, is finally assuming center stage,” Kaku writes in “The Future of the Mind.”
Kaku speculated: “One day we might have a ‘smart pill’ that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a ‘brain-net,’ control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe.”
By mapping out every neural connection in your head, Kaku believes it should be possible to “reverse-engineer” each and every person’s brain and reconstruct this “connectome” in a computer so that you will be able to download yourself into a machine. In this way the future of the mind — your mind — could last as long as there are computers.
Be that as it may, such a download would not make it possible for a dead person to be conscious of what is going on anymore than recording that dead person’s thoughts, voice, dreams and mannerisms on video would. As Ecclesiastes 9:5 explains, “The living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing.” — New King James Version.
A machine may hold your thoughts, but you won’t know it. A machine may preserve your dreams. You won’t know it. Science may conserve your memories, characteristics, DNA and actions better than any Hollywood film. But you won’t know it. Not you. You wouldn't be “immortal” in a way that truly matters.
While professor Kaku speculates on a grand scale in his book about what the future might hold and how modern technologies will change our lives — all very exciting, we do well to remember that science can never do more than our Almighty Creator. Science simply allows us to peek into the wonderful inventions of a Genius far beyond us all — a Genius that offers everlasting life (John 3:16).
We know Someone designed a very intricate, orderly, highly advanced universe that takes the greatest scientific minds to even examine its fringes. Someone also designed the inexplicable human brain, considered the most complex structure known in our universe. Experts say this organ can take in a thousand million times more knowledge than our life span permits. Is there a reason why?
This incredibly powerful, Supremely Intelligent Creator has a purpose for humans. That purpose involves eternity. His Word promises, at Acts 24:15 and John 11:23-26, that even the dead will rise and the righteous will live into infinity, never growing old, but forever growing in unimaginable knowledge (John 17:3).
While the technologies making possible the recording of memories, mind reading and telekinesis, by linking our thoughts to a machine, already exist, such cutting-edge neuro-scientific achievements, impressive as they are, cannot compare with the things God has prepared for those who love Him. Study the Bible and see for yourself.
Two books are offering two different possibilities about eternity. You decide. Only let us not forget who gave you your brain.