HUMANS could soon be injected with tiny artificially intelligent machines to repair their bodies and control the world through thought alone.
The micro technology, potentially available in just 20 years, would be injected into people to fix bones, muscles and cells.
That could include spotting abnormalities in the body’s cells like cancer and ridding them from the body.
And it could even boost our brains with cutting-edge computer technology, allowing people to control their homes using just their minds.
The incredible claim was made by senior IBM innovator John McNamara in evidence to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee.
He suggested scientists could even find a way to “meld” humans and machines together into a cyborg-style being.
He said: “We may see AI nano-machines being injected into our bodies.
“These will provide huge medical benefits, such as being able to repair damage to cells, muscles and bones – perhaps even augment them.
“Beyond this, utilising technology which is already being explored today we see the creation of technology that can meld the biological with the technological, and so be able to enhance human cognitive capability directly, potentially offering greatly improved mental, as well as being able to utilise vast quantities of computing power to augment our own thought processes.
“Using this technology, embedded in ourselves and in our surroundings, we will begin to be able to control our environment with thought and gestures alone.”
Mr McNamara’s claim comes following previous predictions by experts that humans could merge with machines to become an elite race of cyborgs.
Professor Brian Greene, a theoretical physicist at Columbia University in New York City, said earlier this year that the technology could help us solve the mysteries of the universe.
He said: “I guess my feeling is there are certain chapters in the story of physics we will complete.
“We’ll truly understand fundamental forces and the basic ingredients of matter, and unite all the equations that describe quantum mechanics and gravity into some kind of unified theory.
“Einstein comes and gives us general relativity in 1915, and with it, a new description of gravity.
“Now we can address questions of the origin of the universe.”