RISING PAST MORTALITY
It’s a scary thought: technology that can merge humans and machines is rapidly moving out of the realm of science fiction and into reality
Paul Bettany is convinced the eerie technology featured in his new movie Transcendence will be commonplace in his lifetime.
In the film, Johnny Depp plays a terminally ill scientist whose mind is uploaded to a computer, granting him power beyond his wildest dreams – and his 42-year-old British costar says the story is not as farfetched as some people think.
“I spoke to a professor at Caltech (the California Institute of Technology),” Bettany says.
“When I walked into the room he was looking at a slice of the human brain while listening to Wagner.
“I asked him, ‘How far fetched is this technology?’ and he said, ‘In 30 years’. I said, ‘You mean we will be able to upload human consciousness – thoughts, feelings, history … ?’ And he said, ‘Yes’. It was a terrifying thought that they are unified in the opinion that we have always been on a collision course with technology and the next stage of our evolution will involve machinery.”
Transcendence is out now.
Morgan Freeman and Paul Bettany in Transcendence