Ray Kurzweil Predicts Human Immortality in 20 Years

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Ray Kurzweil Predicts Human Immortality in 20 Years

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Ray Kurzweil theorizes that in around 20 years we could all be immortal cyborgs.

Ray Kurzweil is a scientist, inventor, author, futurist... well, let's just say he's a smart guy. In some of his recent writings he predicts that the technology shown in videogames like Metal Gear Solid 4 could actually become a reality. If Ray Kurzweil is correct, Old Snake and Cyborg Raiden would be just another two dudes walking down the street.

Basically, Kurzweil believes that human understandings of genes and computer technology are advancing so fast that in around 20 years we could incorporate nanotechnology into our very bodies. Kurzweil says that this nanotechnology would "reprogramme our bodies' stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, ageing. Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever." I hope the man is right, because ever since I was a kid I wanted to be a Highlander, and this way I wouldn't have to go around chopping off everyone's head.

If immortality doesn't grab you, Kurzweil believes that nanotechnology will also make us cyborgs that can do really cool things. Have trouble holding your breath underwater? Kurzweil says nanobots will allow you to take a four hour dive. Get tired when you run? The same nanobots will also allow you to sprint for 15 minutes. Artificial limbs and organs will not only be used for medical use, but apparently for recreational use too.

And, writing this article requires a bit of thought on my part, but it won't once I get my injection of nanotechnology. Nanobots could also boost our intelligences so that we will be able to "write books within minutes," according to Kurzweil. The mental alteration doesn't end there either; Kurzweil also predicts that we will be able to shut down our brains to go into "virtual-reality mode." Once in this mode, we would be able to see or do anything, including "virtual sex [which] will become commonplace." Of course, this is all speculation, but theoretically possible someday.

Source: Telegraph

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Fuck yes!

I just hope this isn't another "We'll have flying cars by year 2000!"-thing.

Well, that would be pretty freaking sweet.

Allthough i'd have to see it to believe it

pfff, I've had my immortal robotic body on pre-order for 3 years, you're all gonna have to wait in line, I'm going for the midnight release.

Well, some sixtie's science magazine said that "Time machines will be invented before the year 2000"

Cajt:

I just hope this isn't another "We'll have flying cars by year 2000!"-thing.

It will be.

Ha, ha ha, oh god that's hilarious. Does anyone really believe that this kind of thing ever works out the way everyone says it will? And why is everyone so afraid of dying? Living forever seems like a worse fate...

It would be cool as long as it doesn't end up like that "Surgate" stuff. I'd wait a couple years until I'm sure it's safe.

Cajt:
Fuck yes!

I just hope this isn't another "We'll have flying cars by year 2000!"-thing.

Alas, that's exactly what I think this is. As cool as it could be, even if we have the power to pull it off (as we technically do with flying cars), the logistics would be a nightmare. If nobody dies but people are still born, you'll have an explosive population. Then what? Bans on childbirth? Somehow I don't see the right-wing fundamentalists going for that (or cyborg-inducing nanotechnology for that matter). But it doesn't stop it from being a cool idea, just not a very practical one.

"Kurzweil says that this nanotechnology would "reprogramme our bodies' stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, ageing."

I guess he never did his homework, or has no idea how/why ageing really works. Yet, it is nice to dream, since nanotechnology is one of the newest phlebotinum in sci-fi realm...

If the people who made similar predictions 20 years ago were right we would all be driving around in Jetson Style Hovercars and yet I still have to cycle to work

That would be pretty awesome...

Christ that sounds awful. Here's hoping he's wrong.

Well this guy is citing MGS4 as source material...so you know he is right! [sarcasm]

meeh, who wants to live forever?

Hurrah! for cybernetics!
I just love the machine...

Sounds implausible and dangerous.

DO WANT.

I call shenanigans, Mr Kurzweil.
Nanotechnology isn't advancing fast enough, and progress into making conducting polymers that won't be rejected by the body is is pretty slow too. At least according to what I've been studying.

Also, if you want to stop aging, you'll have to kill off all the free radicals in the body - which are required for certain essential biological processes. Even if they weren't a necessary part of the body's mechanisms, the amount of antioxidants needed to get rid of all those radicals would almost certainly exceed the fatal dose.

We have to many people already. Worst idea ever.

Just because the current trends say that we will be there soon doesn't mean that we won't get derailed, sidetracked, or just plain stopped on the way. Nothing stays the same forever.

Cajt:

I just hope this isn't another "We'll have flying cars by year 2000!"-thing.

gibboss28:

It will be.

Indeed; I believe Nanotech and Fusion power have been 'just around the corner' for 20 years or so.

dragonsatemymarbles:

Also, if you want to stop aging, you'll have to kill off all the free radicals in the body - which are required for certain essential biological processes. Even if they weren't a necessary part of the body's mechanisms, the amount of antioxidants needed to get rid of all those radicals would almost certainly exceed the fatal dose.

From what I understand, it is possible to repair the damaged caused by free radicals - something to do with anti-oxides in plants or something.

Awesome. Now the zombie apocalypse won't happen.

He reminds of that kid at school that gets really excited and starts making shit up about his upcoming birthday party to be popular.

And then the party consists of 33 cent cola, a packet of digestive biscuits and a clown addicted to every barbiturate known to man.

Whatever this guy is on, I want some of it!

So were all going to be Ninjas?!

We all know what that means; overpopulation! But no worries, in 50 years, we'll have invented faster spacecraft and can move to distant planets. It'll be awesome.

Sounds a little over-optimistic. Besides, who would want to live forever anyway? I know I certainly don't.

canadamus_prime:
Sounds a little over-optimistic. Besides, who would want to live forever anyway? I know I certainly don't.

I do.

i hope this won,t happen EVER!!

imagin criminals using this. and ofcourse only the uber-rich will be able to buy this.
think rational this idea will never be released.

we could make it if we wanted.
but it will never be put to use.

HG131:
Awesome. Now the zombie apocalypse won't happen.

great, but now were gonna have a robot apocalypse.

''proggress''

DamienHell:
pfff, I've had my immortal robotic body on pre-order for 3 years, you're all gonna have to wait in line, I'm going for the midnight release.

Only 3?.Please.I've had mine pre-orderd since the day i became 5.As in 10 years ago.

HG131:

canadamus_prime:
Sounds a little over-optimistic. Besides, who would want to live forever anyway? I know I certainly don't.

I do.

Sure you say that now, but I bet you'd feel differently in say 2-3 thousand years.

Hmmm... Hope I don't die before then...

would be awesome. then i could experience 2 millenium shifts in my lifetime, if not 3.

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