Have you ever considered the implications of living forever? Would you want to if it were feasible? Well, according to scientist and author Ray Kurzweil, these concerns may become more relevant in the future. He conjectures that we may uncover the key to immortality in the next 20 years. This may have everything to do with nanobots replacing our blood cells.
Yes, that does seem like sci-fi. It sounds spooky, too, but Kurzweil is enthusiastic about this, and he boasts some very smart people as fans. According to Business Insider two famous and powerful Bills – Clinton and Gates – are big Kurzweil fans.
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’ll have found a way to halt and reverse the aging process. Kurzweil then thinks that nanotechnology will come into play, replacing human blood cells, and doing the work much more effectively.
Kurzweil’s estimations are based on the speed at which technology develops. It advances exponentially so breaking the code to immortality may be only a few more leaps away.
The bigger questions that arise from this discussion are: Should humans live forever? If we do, will the earth become overpopulated? Will this destroy our natural resources? Who’ll get to live forever? These are huge questions, which, if Kurzweil’s estimations come true, we will soon be facing.