I’m reading a recent book called The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.
Written by Ray Kurzweil who is a fairly known futurist having predicted things from the Internet as we know it (Back in the early 80s), iPhones (well, basically the iPhone) as well as having developed a number of interesting technologies himself, Kurzweil makes a pretty interesting case that by 2045 (his predictions are very specific to invite comparison when the time comes) humans will have become essentially immortal.
Now, putting aside the ramifications of immortality for a moment, how do we get from where we are today to immortality in merely 40 years?
The answer, it seems is the exponential growth of knowledge and technology. According to Kurzweil, by 2020 we’ll be well into the nano-technology economy where we’ll be able to make devices easily and affordably very small. In addition, the computer of 2020 will have access to so much data as such high speeds that we’ll be able to start integrating humans and technology together.
I’m way over simplifying here but the point being is that by 2045, we’ll have nanobots as part of our biology that clean up disease, repair injury, de-age us, and grant us access to limitless amounts of information and computing power that will be, by then, seamless.
It’s a very good read though I’m pretty skeptical since humans, by nature, tend to be more conservative in their adaption of things than what is theoretically possible.
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