science can conquer death by 2040
By Dick Pelletier
The funny thing about life is that so far, nobody has
managed to get out of it alive. Even with healthy diets; a lifelong commitment
to exercise; the most powerful nutrients money can buy; and the best positive
attitude imaginable, it sadly seems everyone is doomed to die sometime.
However, forward-thinkers believe that biotech and
nanotech revolutions expected over the next three decades, will change this
age-old thinking about life and death; even challenge our traditional views on
what it means to be human.
Cutting-edge science and technologies, experts say,
will one day provide everyone with radically increased intelligence, futuristic
healthcare that prevents sickness and disease from ever happening, and a
lifespan approaching immortality.
We begin our trek into this positive future with The
Federal Initiative for Regenerative Medicine, an aggressive biotech program that
promises to provide tissues and organs "on demand” for every American by 2020,
regardless of ability to pay. With replaceable tissues and organs available,
doctors will easily prevent deaths from cancer, heart disease, and many other
In the following decade, 2020-2030, we will radically
upgrade many physical and mental systems using advanced nanotech to replace
frail biological parts with powerful non-biological components.
UCLA’s Robert Freitas believes nanotech will
provide us with "respirocytes”, tiny robotic blood cells that can store extra
oxygen. During a heart attack, these clever ‘bots would keep patients alive for
hours until medical care arrived, preventing tissue damage and death.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil, in The Singularity is Near
predicts that between 2025 and 2030, nanobot "cell-repair machines” will cruise
through our bodies to prevent aging and stop pathogens before they cause harm.
Nanobots will reprogram DNA where necessary keeping us forever young and in
Stephen Hawking recently commented in Focus
magazine that computer intelligence will surpass that of humans within a few
decades. He advocated that we "develop as quickly as possible technologies that
make a direct connection between mind and computer, so that artificial brains
contribute to human intelligence rather than opposing it”.
By 2030, reverse engineering the human brain will be
complete, which will enable non-biological intelligence to merge with our minds.
It will be routine to have billions of nanobot computers coursing through our
brains, communicating with each other and our neurons, allowing us to reach
unimaginable levels of ‘processing power’.
"Merging with machines in this manner”, Kurzweil says,
"will bring about a billion-fold increase in intelligence”.
As our brain and body becomes increasingly
non-biological and more powerful, we will realize that we no longer need to
accept the risks of living in a frail body. By 2035, most humans will have
extensive amounts of technology inside them including ‘bots and other systems
that maintain health and enhance experiences and intelligence.
In the 2040s, our 100% non-biological body will boast a
zero failure rate. Even if a destructive accident were to occur, molecular
nanotech would immediately construct a new body, retrieve our mind and memories,
and allow life to continue; dying would be about as disruptive as a bee sting,
and would take even less time to forget it even happened.
Can this "magical future” without death become reality?
This positive futurist believes it can!
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