Have you ever seriously considered the ramifications of living forever? Would you want to if it were possible? Well, according to scientist and author Ray Kurzweil, these questions may become more relevant in the near future. He predicts that we may discover the key to immortality in the next 20 years. This may have everything to do with nanobots replacing our blood cells.
This might seem not only far-fetched but also a little spooky. Kurzweil is very passionate about these ideas and so are some pretty well known people. Bill Clinton and Bill Gates are big proponents of Kurzweil’s ideas.
Rise of the nanobots?
Regardless of how “out-there” Kurzweil’s ideas are, they may be a very real possibility. In about 20 years, scientists believe they will have found a way to halt andreverse the aging process. Kurzweil then believes that nanotechnology will come into play, replacing human blood cells, and doing the work much more efficiently.
Again, this soundsastounding, but Kurzweil is basing his predictions on one fact that cannot be contested: Technology has been advancing at an exponential rate. And this, Kurzweil argues, signifies that immortality is just a few technological leaps away.
That doesn’t, though, answer the bigger question: Should humans live forever? What will happen to the planet? Will overpopulation destroy our natural resources? And, obviously, is living forever even something people want? Won’t those people who believe in an afterlife want to ultimately pass from this life? These are all big questions, and if Kurzweil is to be believed, we may all soon be confronting them.