It can be lucky that we are living in a world of advanced technology..
Or it can be quite dreadful that we have to face all the ethical questions that will come from unbelievably powerful technologies.
There are two areas of research that have the potential to change the world forever: artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.
The Future of AI
This video is the best I could find.
From what I understand from my study of AI, AI probably will increase in its intelligence in an exponential rate--just like the human Genome project was like. In that rate, AI will surpass human intelligence or collective humanity's intelligence in a very short time. Since intelligence equals power, we have to make sure we keep AI on our side or on ethical majority's side. With nearly infinite intelligence, humans will be able to develop technologies far beyond our current knowledge. That may lead to a world like Matrix, where we upload our consciousnesses so we can survive indefinitely and we can get whatever we want.
On Generic Engineering
This is from my favorite channel Kurzgesagt (which I have no idea how to pronounce). This video does such an awesome job of explaining the future and consequences of genetic engineering that I don't have to explain much.
Anyway, I feel that both events will eventually take place. Maybe AI will turn against us. Maybe that scenario is an inevitable one. Then, humans might fight the AI with genetic engineering, turning humans, in turn, into infinitely intelligent beings. Sounds like a terrible scenario and it is in our point of view. But as the Kurzgesagt's video tells us, if we have the power to do something there will be proponents (like 'we have the ability to fix our child's genetic disease, so we want to do it'). So like it or not I think this will be our future. I neither like it nor dislike it. I'm excited by what we will be able to do but scared about how different we ourselves will be.
Jin Woo Won
An undergrad at Columbia University, studying Computer Science and in particular artificial intelligence.