In addition to economic issues, the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos includes such topics as the uncontrolled use of geoengineering technologies, medical intervention in the human brain, the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the extension of human life
Discussion panel, which is called the "X-factor", prepared with the support of a general scientific journal "Nature" (Nature). In addition to traditional topics – artificial climate change, e-governance and the development of forest fires geoengineering – to the list of those "X-factor" added the risks of artificial prolongation of human life, an artificial increase of human cognitive abilities, as well as threats from alien civilizations.
Scientists believe that in the near future of humanity will be drugs that can provoke people super-powers. As scientists around the world are now working to develop drugs for diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, it is likely that in the near future will bring new drugs to stimulate brain activity in normal people. Now there are psychostimulants "Ritalin" and modafinil, which activate the cognitive activity of the human brain. But, despite the fact that all these drugs are only for people with mental illness, it is possible that they will be used by healthy people to better remember the information and show good results at work or in school.
Moreover, scientists agree that the development of a super-human abilities is possible with high-tech electronic devices. These experiments showed that improve brain function and memory by using implanted into the human body electronic sensors. But this method is technically difficult and is unlikely to be available to the common man, in contrast to the medication. However, scientists believe that in ten years will neurobiology to a new level, while intracerebral electronic sensors and sensors will be ubiquitous. But then, scientists have questioned whether ethically correct to divide society into those who can afford to improve brain function or not, whether or not these drugs to enter the free market and whether this legislation.
Besides, there is a risk that this kind of development will fall into the wrong hands and be used for commercial purposes. While working on the neurotransmitter system in the brain, they not only increase the human memory and stimulate brain function, but also impact on the psychological state of the person, making it manageable and vulnerable to programming specific tasks. In addition, this technology allows you to erase the memory, which can cause irreparable damage to the brain activity of man. Scientists fear that the drugs and technologies to increase the cognitive brain function can be caught in the disposal of criminal gangs or terrorist organizations that will use them against humanity.
Another topic – increased problems due to increasing life expectancy. The latest medical developments allowed to extend human life by 35%. On the one hand, this is good, but on the other hand, there is a large number of problems, such as the financial cost of social benefits and the overpopulation of the planet.
Specialists believe that the only solution to these problems – forced euthanasia centenarians. Proponents of this method believe that the development of medical technology, even the weak and sickly people can live to 90 or 100 years. And that could lead to a sharp increase in the world population, it is also contrary to the law of nature, where the strongest survive. Therefore, to reduce the population of centenarians should use euthanasia, experts say.
Finally, the most controversial topic of discussion – the existence of extraterrestrial life. Many world leaders have repeatedly made statements about the existence of extraterrestrials. Thus, in December 2012, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview joked on the existence of aliens. "What they [aliens] among us, I will not tell, because it may cause panic," – said Medvedev jokingly. But this interest in the topic of the existence of extraterrestrial life is not over, as evidenced by the corresponding discussion in the agenda of the forum in Davos.
Forum experts agree that, as a result of space exploration ultimately mankind discovers the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and open up new planets. "Perhaps in ten years, we learn that the Earth is not the only planet in the universe where there is life," – said the forum participants. As a result, experts urge the international community to prepare for a meeting with an extraterrestrial civilization, and to assess the likely threat of such a meeting. Also be necessary to create special services for the detection of extraterrestrial life vneplanetnyh and to help prevent the threat from space.
However, experts agree that even if an extraterrestrial civilization would be found, that's not really change a person's life. Despite the fact that this discovery will be a sensation of the year, it is unlikely to immediately affect life on Earth. But in the long term, such openness to change the psychological and philosophical consciousness. "Even the discovery of the possible germ of life on another planet, will talk about the possible existence of life in the universe, which in turn will undermine the foundations of philosophy and religion," – said the expert forum.
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