In the 21st century,
technology is heading in a radical new direction--the merging of man and
machine. Smart drugs, nanorobots, and machine-printed organs are just a
few of the cutting-edge innovations catalyzing the evolution of
humankind into an entirely new species. Transhumanists envision a future
in which we become cyborgs, achieving
far superior intelligence, the ability to survive beyond Earth's
atmosphere without a spacesuit, and the possibility of immortality. But
might similarly superhuman beings have walked the Earth once before?
Beings that our ancestors regarded as gods? Ancient Astronaut theorists
say yes, and suggest that we are simply following the course they set us
on from the very beginning of mankind--to transcend our flesh and
become like our extraterrestrial creators.
Aired: 20 May 2016