Monday, June 9, 2008

Coming Soon: Immortality?

From a recent AP article published by CBS, author and inventor Ray Kurweil, says breakthroughs will allow immortality within 20 years.

He “plans to live forever … As part of his daily routine, Kurzweil ingests 250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea… The famed inventor and computer scientist is serious about his health because if it fails him he might not live long enough to see humanity achieve immortality, a seismic development he predicts in his new book is no more than 20 years away. “.

In his book: "Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever.", Kurzweil guides people to better health “so people can live to benefit from a coming explosion in technology he predicts will make infinite life spans possible.”

Kurzweil tells of “nanobots” that will extend our lives “by swarming through the body, repairing bones, muscles, arteries and brain cells.”

Kurweil also believes “ human intelligence not only conquering its biological limits, including death, but completely mastering the natural world.”

"In my view, we are not another animal, subject to nature's whim," he said.

“In his latest book, Kurzweil defines what he calls his three bridges to immortality. The ‘First Bridge’ is the health regimen to keep people fit enough to cross the ‘Second Bridge’, a biotechnological revolution.”

“The ‘Third Bridge,” Kurzweil believes, is the nanotechnology “to deliver the nanobots that work like repaving crews in our bloodstreams and brains.”

“Immortality would leave little standing in current society, in which the inevitability of death is foundational to everything from religion to retirement planning.”

1 comment:

Arturo said...

I read Fantastic Voyage, The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near, and they changed my life. I even found some of his lectures on Itunes and I find myself impatiently awaiting his next book.

Recently read another incredible book that I can't recommend highly enough, especially to all of you who also love Ray Kurzweil's work. The book is ""My Stroke of Insight"" by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. I had heard Dr Taylor's talk on the TED dot com site and I have to say, it changed my world. It's spreading virally all over the internet and the book is now a NYTimes Bestseller, so I'm not the only one, but it is the most amazing talk, and the most impactful book I've read in years. (Dr T also was named to Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People and Oprah had her on her Soul Series last month and I hear they're making a movie about her story so you may already have heard of her)
If you haven't heard Dr Taylor's TEDTalk, that's an absolute must. The book is more and deeper and better, but start with the video (it's 18 minutes). Basically, her story is that she was a 37 yr old Harvard brain scientist who had a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, and thanks to her amazingly loving and kind mother, she eventually fully recovered (and that part of the book detailing how she did it is inspirational).

There's a lot of learning and magic in the book, but the reason I so highly recommend My Stroke of Insight to this discussion, is because we have powerfully intelligent left brains that are rational, logical, sequential and grounded in detail and time, and then we have our kinesthetic right brains, where we experience intuition and peace and euphoria. Now that Kurzweil has got us taking all those vitamins and living our best ""Fantastic Voyage"" , the absolute necessity is that we read My Stroke of Insight and learn from Dr Taylor how to achieve balance between our right and left brains. Enjoy!