Discovering Immortality May Be Right Around The Corner

August 22nd, 2012

Does the notion of living forever sound good to you? Or do you worry that you would just run out of things to do? After all, how many more summertime superhero blockbusters or lazy weekends at the lake with the family can one person really stand? This could be a moot point. Ray Kurzweil, a famed scientist and author, anticipates that in just 20 years scientists will have discovered a way to allow us to live forever. Based on a story by Business Insider, this will involve nanobots that replace our blood cells.

Sounds like sci-fi?  Yep, and spooky, too.  But Kurzweil is enthusiastic about this, and he boasts some very smart people as fans. According to Business Insider two famous and powerful Bills – Clinton and Gates – are big Kurzweil fans.

Rise of the nanobots?

Regardless of how “out-there” Kurzweil’s ideas might sound, they may be a very real possibility. In about 20 years, scientists believe they will have found a way to stop and reverse the aging process. Kurzweil then thinks that nanotechnology will come into play, replacing human blood cells, and doing the work much more effectively...And for those of us whose households contain a high female concentration, perhaps we can expect the ratio of the family budget that goes toward skincare to come back down to earth!

Exponential technology

Kurzweil’s predictions are based on the rate at which technology develops. It advances exponentially so breaking the code to immortality may be only a few more leaps away.

The bigger questions that arise from this discussion are: Should humans live forever? If we do, will the planet become overpopulated? Will this destroy our natural resources? Who’ll get to live forever? Is a zombie apocalypse actually possible...?  These are huge questions, which, if Kurzweil’s estimations come true, we may soon be facing.

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