Human brains will be directly connected to the internet by nanobot implants, making us into human-machine hybrids, within the next 15 years, according to Google’s head engineer.

Director of Engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, says that in the 2030’s, this nanobot interface would allow users faster access to information on the internet, and also allow information to be uploaded in the same manner as well, allowing us to back up our own brains.

As the cloud being accessed by these hybrid users improves, the users’ thinking would also expect to be improved. And as this process improves, human thought would gradually be shifted over to a non-biological process. "We’re going to gradually merge and enhance ourselves," Kurzweil says. "In my view, that’s the nature of being human — we transcend our limitations."

What will happen to consciousness when thought becomes non-biological is unknown. Whitley Strieber has often commented on the eerie "perfection" of the visitors’ articulations and movements.