Throughout the history of mankind, there has remained one constant desire, that no one has been able to achieve yet: immortality. However, according to Ray Kurzweil, within the next thirty years, we could be able to exponentially lengthen our lives.
Ray Kurzweil is Google’s leading futurist, who is known for his freakishly accurate predictions regarding the expansion of technology. Included among his predictions is that by 2029, people will be able to extend their lifespan. And while that may sound like something from a science fiction movie, the science behind his ideas are actually pretty intriguing.
He not only believes that people would be able to extend their lives, he says that many could possess the ability to live forever.
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Furthermore, he believes this can be accomplished through a number of steps, including nanotechnology that could be implanted into our bodies. Once implanted, the tiny little bots will be able to enhance our immunity, which will cause us to more accurately ward off disease.
However, he has also said that the next step would be to connect our minds to a cloud network.
“We’ll be funnier. We’ll be sexier. We’ll be more adept at expressing loving sentiments.”
And while that may sound like an outlandish claim, he provided two examples to back his beliefs regarding the advancement of technology. First, he explains that the small Android phone he now carries in his pocket is exponentially more powerful than the $11 million computer that he powered during his time at MIT in the 1960’s.
Secondly, he points towards the work being done at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Connecticut that can be used to turn off the fat insulin receptor gene in animals, which gives them the ability to eat as much of whatever they want without risking the development of diabetes.
For now, we will have to be content with the fact that we can’t live forever, however, there could come a day in which we would be able to live decades longer. And according to Kurzweil, we could even look forward to being able to live forever. However, there are a lot of questions to be answered before that happens in thirty years.