Wednesday, 23 Sep, 2009 Science

We Could Become Immortal in 20 Years


According to scientist Ray Kurzweil, in just 20 years people could become immortal with the help of nanotechnology and a better understanding of how our body functions. The American researcher outlined that the development of computer technology and our understanding of genes increases at an enormous rate.

By "immortal" the 61-year-old Mr Kurzweil meant that in as little as 20 years nanotechnologies would allow replacing practically all human organs. This will be possible in case the speed of development of nanotechnologies continues to grow at least the same way it did till nowadays.

The scientist said that his affirmations might sound incredible, but today we already have artificial pancreases and neural implants. The theory presented by the researcher is entitled the Law of Accelerating Returns.

"I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogram our bodies' stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, ageing. Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever," the scientist was quoted by The Sun as saying.

Mr Kurzweil also said that in the near future blood cells could be entirely replaced by nanobots that would perform their tasks thousands of times better. He added that by 2035 athletes might run for as much as 15 minutes without taking a breath or swim underwater for 4 hours without air.

The scientist said: "Heart-attack victims - who haven't taken advantage of widely available bionic hearts - will calmly drive to the doctors for a minor operation as their blood bots keep them alive." He says that nanotechnology will be able to considerably improve our mental capacities, in fact the results will be so impressive that a person could write a book in just minutes.

Mr Kurzweil mentioned that people will be able to easily connect to virtual reality with the help of nanobots that would interrupt brain signals and take the person anywhere they want. As a result virtual sex will register a great evolution. He added: "In our daily lives, hologram like figures will pop in our brain to explain what is happening. So we can look forward to a world where humans become cyborgs, with artificial limbs and organs".

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