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Human Immortality By 2040?

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Posted: 07:54AM

Possibly in the future, circa 2040 (about 30-40 years time) we could have nanotechnology expand the average life of a human being and lead to immortality. This may all seem far-fetched but the technology seems to be plausible and could in fact become a reality. Microscopic machines could be running around our bodies, repairing damaged cells or organs and possibly even backing-up our memories. Raymond Kurzweil says that nanotechnology and biotechnology could be combined together to get rid of disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. He also stated that "The full realization of nanobots will basically eliminate biological disease and aging. I think we'll see widespread use in 20 years of [nanotech] devices that perform certain functions for us. In 30 or 40 years, we will overcome disease and aging. The nanobots will scout out organs and cells that need repairs and simply fix them. It will lead to profound extensions of our health and longevity." Nanotechnology has already been used by researchers at MIT to kill ovarian cancer in mice. Kurzweil also stated that by 2024 we could be adding an extra year to our life expectancy by every year that passes by.  So in around 40 years we could more or less become immortal. He also says that this is the point of being human – basically – to evolve. "The definition of human is that we are the species that goes beyond our limitations and changes who we are," he said. "If that wasn't the case, you and I wouldn't be around because at one point life expectancy was 23. We've extended ourselves in many ways. This is an extension of who we are. Ever since we picked up a stick to reach a higher branch, we've extended who we are through tools. It's the nature of human beings to change who we are." But be careful, because just as helpful it can be it, it can also be just as harmful.

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JBags on October 6, 2009 08:33AM
as cool as immortality and all this sounds, this is a bad idea. because the death rate would decrease and while the birth rate continues to rise... our whole human civilization would eventually reach an unsustainable point due to over-pop. and the world will go to hell essentially. the only way around that would be to implement the chinese mandate one couple, one kid, for the whole earth. (and/or disallow certain ppl to have kids.. god knows there a re ppl out there who just should never be allowed to have a kid hahahah)
NCC10281982B on October 6, 2009 08:36AM
I'm not sure i'd want to live forever.
N.E.A on October 6, 2009 08:59AM
living forever is silly ..:thumbs-up:
greengiant912 on October 6, 2009 08:45AM
I want to live for ever! Yay!!!
N.E.A on October 6, 2009 08:58AM
it is good to see that science and technology is getting much better , but i do not believe in ( human immortality ) crap , every one of us must face his destiny yes these chips can keep a man healthy and safe but not immortal , they can not do any thing with his soul ...
Scott P on October 6, 2009 09:37AM
The Ancients showed us that nano technology like that has its drawbacks. The Replicators in the Pegasus galaxy were a result.
Flibo on October 6, 2009 11:29AM
Yeah, it's a bit of a dilemma. You don't really want to die, but neither you want to live forever. Science should find out if there's something after death and if there is, what is it. And N.E.A has a good point, it's questionable if these "chips" can affect your "soul" or "awareness", which is still a big mystery nowadays. Whatever we are gonna do, it will result in problems.
tkrow21 on October 6, 2009 12:23PM
And just before this reaches perfection, religious extremists will force it to be banned.
sdy284 on October 6, 2009 01:00PM
the popular science show "future of" on the science channel will be looking @ immortality on Oct 12th on the science channel :)
jlqrb on October 6, 2009 02:57PM
Live forever. I am still waiting for my flying car !
tkrow21 on October 6, 2009 03:53PM
It's been done already.
sack_patrol on October 6, 2009 06:59PM
Immortality may be nice, but there will be way to many people on the planet causing us to either start killing the population so there is enough place for the living, or go live on the moon, and eventually on Mars. This will greatly increase human efficiency. It's just like playing RTS games. No one will ban it because of religions. No one cares about that because they'd rather be alive for a couple more years (if not immortal, which I highly doubt, extension of the life span maybe, but not immortal because thats where everyone becomes Jesus.) They should make some of them nanoguys to fix pc that die from overclocking or whatever. GO SCIENCE!!!! Too bad there are so many unappreciative people. XD
viperk1 on October 6, 2009 07:33PM
hmm, sounds like the precursor to the zombie apocalypse to me.
JBags on October 6, 2009 07:41PM
lmfao.. maybe i, robot?
NoSnipeLimit on October 6, 2009 11:07PM
If we die, we believe we live on in the after live? So we live forever when we die? Is it then not acceptable to live forever and if we were to be killed the transition is "painless" As to were we not live only a while and our bonds with other people get broken quickly and we have so little time to do everything. The world is full of things we don't even begin to understand this will give us a great advantage to gain the knowledge to do way more than just live forever. Over population will quickly be sorted, there's still a large part of the world that needs to be developed. If by the knowledge gained we could live on more than one planet, then that will be a solution to a minor population issue, also, living forever would mean traveling to different worlds wouldn't be a waste of time, as you have all the time in the world. My opinion is this is great, I'd like to see this technology not only stop aging but reverse it so that you can at least look good :P Highlander was awesum :P "Here we are.Born to be kings. We're the princes of the universe. Here we belong.Fighting to survive. In a world with the darkest powers. And here we are.We're the princes of the universe. Here we belong.Fighting for survival. We've come to be the rulers of your world. I am immortal.I have inside me blood of kings. I have no rival.No man can be my equal. Take me to the future of your world..."
thebridgerofdoom on October 6, 2009 11:08PM
All right! i wanna live forever. There is a very simple solution to the "too many people" problem. Have an abortion machine in every mcdonald store!
d3bruts1d on October 7, 2009 02:20AM
Who wants to live forever? Who dares to love forever?
tkrow21 on October 7, 2009 04:42PM
I want to live forever. Love? Nah.
ClayMeow on October 8, 2009 12:36PM
Not sure if it's been stated, but saying that this tech provides "immortality" is a bit misleading. It may prevent death from natural causes, but you can still die by other means, like getting hit by a bus, or getting your head chopped off by a ninja.
Waco on October 9, 2009 02:44AM
No matter how good it gets it's not going to completely stop aging. That's a pipe dream. Hell, this tech being around in 20 years is a pipe dream. :lol:
tkrow21 on October 9, 2009 05:14PM
I'm not challenging you; I legitimately want to know why it won't completely stop aging? Wrinkles, weaker organs, and all the other wonderful things that come with aging are caused by the human's inefficiency to replace existing cells, no?
d3bruts1d on October 14, 2009 06:43AM
I thought aging was caused by the passing of time. :p
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Amrit Ray on October 23, 2009 01:55AM
NoSnipeLimit and tkrow21 seem to be the only Optimistic guys I see here with a logical thinking brain. All others are pessimistic religious fools wanting to die. Tell them they are going to die tomorrow and you will see their true reaction.

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