Humans may ‘upgrade’ themselves to become cyborgs within the next 200 years, merging man and machine to potentially live forever, according to a Hebrew University professor.

Yuval Noah Harari, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, believes that the wealthy will transform into a new type of divine, immortal human with complete power over life and death.

Human dissatisfaction will drive mankind to ‘upgrade themselves’ – and that cyborg technology will allow them to do this, according to Harari. “I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so Homosapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering or by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic,” the Telegraph quoted Harari as saying.

“It will be the greatest evolution in biology since the appearance of life. Nothing really has changed in four billion years biologically speaking. But we will be as different from today’s humans as chimps are now from us,” said Harari.

Harari argues that the departure from belief in religion will spur on change to the human race. He said Silicon Valley is now the most interesting place in the world from a religious perspective because they believe all problems can be solved with technology.

Many technology companies have announced plans to fuse machines and humans. However, Harari warned that the main crux of this investment in technology is that only the rich will be able to afford it.

He said the gap between the rich and poor will widen, with the rich potentially living forever.