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Future Evolution of the Human Brain

Author: Arthur Saniotis, Maciej Henneberg
Organisation: University of Adelaide
Publish Date: September 2011
Country: Global
Sector: Development
Method: Forecasting
Theme: Brain Science
Type: Article
Language: English
Tags: Encephalisation, ASPM, Mind downloading, Transhumanism, Brain-machine interfaces, Cosmetic neurology

In the recent, historical past, human brain size decreased during the period of the rapid development of technology and increasingly complex social organization. The human brain is now adapting to an environment dominated by human control. Future evolution of the brain will be a result of conscious manipulation and responses to changing technologies and social organization. Technologically-oriented transhumanists propose artificial enhancements to the biological structure of human brain based on information technology. The importance of brain physiology leads to attempts at chemical manipulation of brains. Pharmacological intervention in the cases of brain malfunction is well established, while the use of psychoactive substances has also produced a vast criminal industry. Systematic, controlled and ethically acceptable pharmacological intervention in human brain functions may provide an alternative, or a complement to information technology intervention into the operation of human minds. Whatever we do, we must recognise that natural forces shaping human brain have been significantly relaxed.
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