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Ray Kurzweil Says Were Going to Live Forever
The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Andrew Goldman

Posted on 01/27/2013 10:33:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

As a futurist, you are famous for making predictions of when technological innovations will actually occur. Are you willing to predict the year you will die? My plan is to stick around. We’ll get to a point about 15 years from now where we’re adding more than a year every year to your life expectancy.

To clarify, you’re predicting your immortality. The problem is I can’t get on the phone with you in the future and say, “Well, I’ve done it, I have lived forever,” because it’s never forever.

You have described microscopic nanobots of the future that will be able to shape shift into anything, even gather into patterns that mimic familiar life-forms. So millions of nanobots will be running around that look just like Ray Kurzweil? This idea of creating a whole virtual body with nanobots, that’s more like a 2050 scenario. But by the 2030s we’ll be putting millions of nanobots inside our bodies to augment our immune system, to basically wipe out disease. One scientist cured Type I diabetes in rats with a blood-cell-size device already....

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: immortality; longevity; medicine; science
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1 posted on 01/27/2013 10:33:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hebrews 9:27


2 posted on 01/27/2013 10:35:50 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: F15Eagle

1 Timothy 6:20 comes to mind too. The religion of pseudoscience.


3 posted on 01/27/2013 10:42:10 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The siren song of Satan; the impetus for the Tower of Babel: Man can forge his own salvation without God.


4 posted on 01/27/2013 10:42:54 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ray Kurzweill is an idiot, a conceited idiot.


5 posted on 01/28/2013 12:17:49 AM PST by Buddy Sorrell ( John Boehner is our Pierre Laval. We need a Charles DeGaulle.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Till The Luck Runs Dry
6 posted on 01/28/2013 1:30:30 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Molon Labe)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kurzweil is extrapolating well beyond known science.

Yes, we ARE learning to live longer. That does not imply there are no limits: we just haven’t found them yet.

For example, what happens when the brain runs out of plasticity for memory storage ??

Do we stop learning and memory just. . .stops ???


7 posted on 01/28/2013 2:44:14 AM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is wrong. By at least an infinite number of years. Unless by “live forever” he is speaking about the afterlife life.


8 posted on 01/28/2013 3:08:57 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is wrong. By at least an infinite number of years. Unless by “live forever” he is speaking about the afterlife life.


9 posted on 01/28/2013 3:08:57 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Robert Anton Wilson (January 18, 1932 – January 11, 2007), was saying this back in the 1970s. Based on the startling medical advances he saw in his lifetime, he was quite sure he would live forever.

Oh well.


10 posted on 01/28/2013 3:30:51 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Buddy Sorrell
Ray Kurzweill is an idiot, a conceited idiot.

I'm impressed. In the first month of this new year, we may have already seen the most ignorant and asinine comment of 2013 award winner.

Congratulations, Buddy!

11 posted on 01/28/2013 3:35:47 AM PST by NautiNurse (BOHICA)
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To: Buddy Sorrell

I had heart surgery that cured my case of atrial fibrillation a month ago. I was in the hospital one day and out the next. The procedure was pure science fiction compared to what was available ten years ago.

Likely procedures ten years from now will also be considered to be science fiction by today’s standards.

Back in 2007, Newt Gingrich said that there would be more technological change in the next 30 years than in the last 200 years. Since then two major technological revolutions have occurred: Telephones have essentially become computers, and the shale oil fracking revolution has put America on the path to energy independence.

I’m sure the miracle I experienced in the hospital is experienced by others in thousands of other small inventions.


12 posted on 01/28/2013 8:15:35 AM PST by ckilmer
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Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
This idea of creating a whole virtual body with nanobots, that’s more like a 2050 scenario. But by the 2030s we’ll be putting millions of nanobots inside our bodies to augment our immune system, to basically wipe out disease. One scientist cured Type I diabetes in rats...
Social Security reform now! ;')


13 posted on 02/10/2013 8:18:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Ray Kurzweil Says We’re Going to Live Forever"

I would think that somebody as supposedly connected to current trends would have heard of the Affordable Care Act.

I suspect that within 40-50 years, or less, average life expectancy will actually decline. Euthanasia has already become acceptable in certain circles. It will soon see widespread legalization, and then widespread practice.

The concept of immortality does not square with the culture of death.

14 posted on 02/10/2013 8:24:44 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
These are the dopes who think the human mind can be "downloaded" to a computer.

They can't tell the difference between human beings and machines. This is nerdism in the extreme.

15 posted on 02/10/2013 8:28:16 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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