Google Engineer Thinks We’ll Be Immortal Soon
Immortality has always been seen as beyond our grasp as a species, but one Google engineer doesn’t think that will necessarily be the case in the near future.
Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, recently spoke on immortality and advances in technology at the Global Future 2045 World Congress in New York. He predicts that advances in medicine and science will bring about longer lifespans than was previously possible in just a few decades.
Kurzweil says the secret is looking at the human body as if it is software that needs to be reprogrammed:
“There’s already fantastic therapies to overcome heart disease, cancer and every other neurological disease based on this idea of reprogramming the software. These are all examples of treating biology as software…These technologies will be a 1000 times more powerful than they were a decade ago…These will be 1,000 times more powerful by the end of the decade. And a million times more powerful in 20 years.”
(So I guess the first thing that would happen is a rethinking of the retirement age?)