As a futurist science and
technology columnist, I view life with much optimism. Born October 26, 1930, I
feel confident that, barring a fatal accident, I will maintain good health and
survive through this decade, 2010-2020.
During this decade, I will
live through my 80s, which by today's standards, would be risky, but expected
breakthroughs in stem cell and gene therapies between 2015 and 2020, will enable
repair of body parts before they wear out. With help from these new
technologies, I could end the decade at 90 years, but with a biological body of
a 40'ish person.
The following decade,
2020-2030, will provide nanotech miracles that promise radical improvements in
both health and affluence. By 2030, I hope to resemble a perfectly healthy
20-something enjoying the good life.
By 2035-2040, there is an
excellent chance the Singularity, a point in time when machines equal or surpass
human intelligence levels, combined with predicted artificial intelligence
advances, will enable my mind to be copied for uploading into a newly cloned
human or silicon body, should disaster strike the old one. At this time, my
lifespan can be considered indefinite without fear of unwanted death.
Most of my articles focus
on the first half of this century. From 2050 on, humanity could experience
breathtaking changes beyond the imaginings of science fiction. New events may
happen so fast that our view of life could change completely; and yours truly
cannot wait to become part of this incredible "magical future."
Futuretalk, aka Dick