I just read a very interesting article from the most recent issue of the Atlantic about the history and future of human intelligence.
Radical methods of augmenting human intelligence is one of those topics that both greatly appeals to me and strikes me as utterly inevitable. The benefits are so easy to imagine, the potential methods for making it happen are both varied and eminently plausible.
One could argue that the revolution of mind has already started once you consider what computers have done to augment our intelligence in the past 20 years or the incredible popularity and utility of focus enhancing drugs like modafinil.
The Atlantic article had a great section about what it would be like living in a culture where very high intelligence was as common as hirsute heads.
…If anything, our arguments will be more intense, buttressed not just by strongly held opinions but by intricate reasoning. People in 2030 will look back aghast at how ridiculously unsubtle the political and cultural disputes of our present were, just as we might today snicker at simplistic advertising from a generation ago.
Conversely, the debates of the 2030s would be remarkable for us to behold. Nuance and multiple layers will characterize even casual disputes; our digital assistants will be there to catch any references we might miss. And all of this will be everyday, banal reality. Today, it sounds mind-boggling; by then, it won’t even merit comment
If I’ve piqued your curiosity, read the whole article.