We can live forever

From 2029 we can live forever

The search for eternal life has preoccupied mankind for a long time now the realization of the dream (or nightmare ...) should be almost within reach. According to Google's legendary chief futurist Ray Kurzweil, people could already do so by 2029 so in 13 years Achieve eternal life, as Kurzweil speculated in an interview with the erotic magazine Playboy.

In professional circles it is called “singularity” when people can live forever thanks to technology. The ultimate longing has been circulating in Silicon Valley for a long time: the disruption of death ...

Kurzweil, the guru of futurology, placed the actual starting point of the singularity in the year 2045: "In this year, the non-biologically created intelligence should reach a level that is a billion times greater than the total human, present-day intelligence," said Kurzweil.

Eternal Life Phase

But the phase of eternal life could begin before that, he says: "I estimate that from 2029 onwards, medical and technological advances could increase average life expectancy by one year every year".

Progress that is difficult to imagine now has to be made towards this vision. Kurzweil refers to nano-machines that control the immune system in the human body, fight diseases or repair damage such as constricted blood vessels. He also fantasized about connecting our brains to the "cloud" ...

Technology could trigger a new stage of evolution, says the futurologist: He compares such a jump with the beginning of the use of the frontal vortex by our ancestors two million years ago.

Hacking into the human body

“This will enable us to develop new forms of communication”, believes Kurzweil: “We will be more humorous! Sexier! More empathic and also more loving! "

The Google guru points to two current developments that support his bold theory:

  • He leads the rate of technological progress: his Android phone in his pocket is smaller, more powerful and cheaper than his eleven million dollar computer, which he used during his studies at the elite university MIT in the sixties, to a power of seven. This trend will continue.
  • Kurzweil illustrates the second factor with his work at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Connecticut, where insulin receptor genes were switched off in laboratory animals: the animals could eat as much as they wanted without gaining weight or developing diabetes. "Hacking" the human body, says Kurzweil, could deactivate useless genes and significantly extend the human lifespan.

In any case, the man would still like to experience his own prognoses: To make it through to 2045, he has already changed his diet. And swallows numerous anti-aging pills ...