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Will immortaility be possible in 20 years ?

Posted on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 | Comment icon 106 comments | News tip by: OverSword

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World-renowned scientist Ray Kurzweil believes that it won't be long before we can reverse aging.

Kurzweil has also predicted that we will soon be able to replace any failing organ in the body with an artificial equivalent, that we will be able to scuba dive underwater for hours at a time and that it will be possible to write entire books within minutes. The basis for these predictions, in addition to his own experiences, is the exponential rate at which technology is currently advancing.

"I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogramme our bodies' stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, aging," he said. "Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever. Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells and do their work thousands of times more effectively."

"Ray Kurzweil, a world-renowned scientist and author of The Singularity is Near, thinks the world as we know it will be unrecognizable in 20 years."

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Comment icon #97 Posted by ViViDviSioN on 22 July, 2012, 6:03
Personally I believe this to be fascinating. If anything, I hope for it to be achievable and kept secret to the mass. This could help benefit our search for E.T. life as a species greatly. Let's say catastrophe begins sometime in the future, and Mother Earth is about to witness her dying day... With immortality, it's possible we could easily habitate other planets. Whether the planet can support life or not, depending on the conditions, we as a species are know for bending the rules of nature for our own survival. It's possible that one day our own will be living on another Earth, manmade. Tra... [More]
Comment icon #98 Posted by spud the mackem on 23 July, 2012, 8:26
'Well-respected scientist'/'World-renowned scientist' my @*$* He's been reading Dracula.What a loada Moo Poo.
Comment icon #99 Posted by ZaraKitty on 23 July, 2012, 10:27
The world will become over-populated. We won't be able to have enough resources to keep so many people alive who are still breeding people to keep alive who will then breed people who will be kept alive. It will be a slow and painful death if you choose immortality.
Comment icon #100 Posted by OverSword on 23 July, 2012, 14:32
He's been reading Dracula.What a loada Moo Poo. If you read one of my earlier posts you will see a quite extensive list of scientists actively working on longevity/immortality. Many of these scientists are also employed as (for example) heads of departments at large universities and top researchers of pharmacological companies. They've already got a pretty good idea which protiens stop being produced which causes damage to DNA and aging. If they know that how far off can they be from finding a solution to that problem and making it so DNA continues to repair itself past 30? Those who can't see... [More]
Comment icon #101 Posted by rainbow_guts1102 on 24 July, 2012, 15:17
seems legit. i would gladly be a test subject. just...gotta be careful who he exposes it to...cause that could go wrong..
Comment icon #102 Posted by Jack_of_Blades on 24 July, 2012, 18:24
I'm still waiting on the hover cars, wooly mammoth, and Mars colony we've been promised.... Seriously, not going to happen.
Comment icon #103 Posted by green_dude777 on 25 July, 2012, 22:43
Jack of Blades, Not sure what exactly you're implying, but those things you mentioned are possible. The mammoth is in process, the hover car and Mars colony are not economically feasible. They're definitely possible though. Try this; think about the benefits of the hover cars and Mars colony, then compare those benefits to the projected costs.
Comment icon #104 Posted by Kazoo on 26 July, 2012, 14:04
I am worried what this would mean for society. The upper class would actually become genetically superior to the lower class. Which will lead to a new form of discrimination and well other things that would suck for the poor.
Comment icon #105 Posted by Spid3rCyd3 on 26 July, 2012, 15:03
Here's the real question, which would you choose, super powers, or immortality? Some super power sets also let you live for a very long time, Thor, Superman (Kryptonians in general), Wolverine, Silver Surfer, etc.
Comment icon #106 Posted by unit on 26 July, 2012, 19:01
this is something i'm interested in.. i've read the whole thread up untill this african farmer thing, glossed over that bit, well, it's nice to see everyone seems to be maybe not on the same page, but at least in the same book... .. so about this immortality thing, grab your tinfoil and make a hat. go check out sofia smallstorm's presentation, "the dark agenda of synthetic biology" ..you can find it at youtube.. yep. youtube. DOWNLOAD IT.. because if you've spent a little time down the rabbit hole, you're probably going to want to watch it 3-4 times.. i'll come back to see what you all think..

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