Ray Kurzweil, a digital genius in his own right, ingests close to 200 different vitamins and extracts a day, employing a person who does nothing but handle the dissemination of the proper pills at the proper times.  It is his attempt at longevity; longevity to keep him alive for fifty more years.  Kurzweil, has been a pioneer in the invention and application of speech recognition technology, optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis,  and the most popular electronic keyboard instruments in music. He is the author of several books his latest, “The Singularity is Near.”  A production company has purchased the motion picture rights to The Singularity is NearFantastic Voyage, andThe Age of Spiritual Machines including the rights to Kurzweil’s life and ideas for the film Transcendent Man. To quote his public relations release on his latest book “The Singularity Is Near” portrays what life will be like after this event a human-machine civilization where our experiences shift from real reality to virtual reality and where our intelligence becomes non-biological and trillions of times more powerful than unaided human intelligence. In practical terms, this means that human aging and pollution will be reversed, world hunger will be solved, and our bodies and environment transformed by nanotechnology to overcome the limitations of biology, including death.”  Now there’s a pretty impressive release, but for Kurzweil it is “a matter of fact.”

Indeed, if there are long term solutions to the problematic issues of continued human existence fighting nature and ourselves on two different fronts, taking artificial intelligence and transferring our “engrams” or electrical impulses of who we are in essence, could have the potential for immortality and perhaps finally-long term wisdom.  Now, the question is “who gets to have the dubious privilege of living forever?”  Is this the final fight to decide who rules and who is decimated or are will we ever be able to co-exist with each other?

That is the ultimate question.  Without the dependency on biological degradation, who wouldn’t want to live forever?  That question beckons a whole new set of dangers as well as philosophical ponderings.  It may happen in the near future – it is no doubt happening in some government lab right now.

That is the ultimate question.  Without the dependency on biological degradation, who wouldn’t want to live forever?  That question beckons a whole new set of dangers as well as philosophical ponderings.  It could happen in the near future or who knows-it is not doubt being tested in some government lab right now. Extending the human race’s capability to race to the stars is important as we only have so much time left in our sun’s capability to produce fusionable energy before it burns out, or some other calamity occurs.  We need to establish other possible alternatives to allow our species to live on; we owe it to ourselves.  We may have a billion years before that happens, and some would say it doesn’t matter we will become extinct by our own hands, and that may be true, however, I vote for life to continue living at all costs.  It will happen sooner than you think and I wish I was born now – in the era that will change the longevity of humanity forever.

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