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  • Google's chief futurist Ray Kurzweil thinks we could start living forever by 2029

    04/20/2016 5:12:57 PM PDT · by John W · 55 replies ^ | April 20, 2016 | Brandt Ranj
    Ray Kurzweil, Google's chief futurist, laid out what he thinks the next few decades will look like in an interview with Playboy. Kurzweil is one of the biggest believers in The Singularity, the moment when humans — with the aid of technology —will supposedly live forever. He's chosen the year 2045 because, according to his calculations, "The nonbiological intelligence created in that year will reach a level that’s a billion times more powerful than all human intelligence today." But even before 2045, Kurzweil thinks we could begin the deathless process. "I believe we will reach a point around 2029 when...
  • Ray Kurzweil Wants to Make Us Gods, But Got the Piano Wrong

    10/03/2015 12:43:34 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    9/2/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil is promising that with robots in our brains, we'll be godlike.  Yes, but what tawdry gods we'd be. Okay, all I have to do is realize that I'm god, or as a technological solution to the fundamental ontological question "why?", get one of Kurzweil's gizmos implanted in my skull. But what a poor job I'm doing from my shabby Mt. Olympus. Just take a look around you, a world of repression & murder, but with no excuse, with a sufficient amount of everything for everybody to have enough of everything. Enough agriculture, manufacturing &...
  • Scientist claims immortality within reach

    07/04/2015 10:11:55 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 61 replies ^ | 7/4/15 |
    Scientist claims immortality within reach A visiting American research scientist says he is close to discovering a 'cure' for ageing, that he could have a drug ready for testing by the end of next year. Molecular Biologist Dr Bill Andrews told TV ONE's SUNDAY programme that humans shouldn't have to suffer from the ravages of ageing. He says that ageing is a disease that should, and could be cured. His research centres around Telomeres - small caps at the end of our chromosomes that become shorter every time our cells divide. When they become critically short, we age and eventually...
  • Silicon Valley Is Trying to Make Humans Immortal—and Finding Some Success

    03/06/2015 5:59:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | March 5, 2015 | Betsy Isaacson
    Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, plans to live to be 120. Compared with some other tech billionaires, he doesn’t seem particularly ambitious. Dmitry Itskov, the “godfather” of the Russian Internet, says his goal is to live to 10,000; Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, finds the notion of accepting mortality “incomprehensible,” and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, hopes to someday “cure death.” These titans of tech aren’t being ridiculous, or even vainglorious; their quests are based on real, emerging science that could fundamentally change what we know about life and about death. It’s hard to believe, though, since the...
  • Would You Choose Immortality?

    06/19/2014 10:34:45 AM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 90 replies
    Ricochet ^ | June 19,2014 | Melissa Dawdy
    After reading Jon Gabriel’s recent piece regarding funerals, it occurred to me that ever since I learned about mortality (at about age four), I’ve wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. I’ve kept in shape and have always enjoyed lots of butter (I knew it was good for me before Time announced it!). But I still know that, in the end, death is a place where we are all equal. Science and technology will eventually find a way for people to live a very long time, if not “forever.” The first to benefit will be the very wealthy, but the...
  • How Hitler and Judas could end up in heaven

    06/04/2014 6:52:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 262 replies
    The Week ^ | 06/04/2014 | Damon Linker
    In certain schools of Christian thought, hell is not everlasting, but a more painful form of purgatory. M any Christians presume that hell is a place where brutally painful punishments are inflicted on evildoers for an indefinite, and perhaps infinite, amount of time in the afterlife. Think of a medieval torture chamber with no exit — or fire extinguishers. But this, as I argued in a recent column, makes no theological sense. If morality is good, then doing the right thing must be its own reward and doing the wrong thing must be its own punishment. To think that a...
  • We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

    03/31/2014 8:58:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Quartz ^ | March 29, 2014 | Christopher Mims
    A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever. + Their quest is elegantly laid out in The Immortalists, a new documentary making its way around the film festival circuit. The Immortalists follows the triumphs and tragedies of three years in the lives of William H. Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, two men who prove just as interesting as the work they’re doing. The Immortalists is really a film about death, not life,...
  • Girl who never ages could hold key to 'biological immortality,' researcher says

    08/17/2013 1:34:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/17/2013 | BY VICTORIA TAYLOR
    Eight-year-old Gabby Williams weighs only 11 pounds. The tiny girl from Billings, Mont., still looks like an infant and needs to be cared for as if she is a newborn, with her mother and father changing her diapers and feeding her multiple times a day. Her mother, Mary Margret Williams, told that Gabby hasn't changed much over the years. In fact, her skin still feels like a baby's and her hair is still fine-textured. "She has gotten a little longer and we have jumped into putting her in size 3-6 month clothes instead of 0-3 months for the footies,"...
  • Immortality by 2035?

    06/16/2013 4:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 14, 2013 | Bob Pisani
    How's this for a weekend conference: Some of the smartest people in the world are gathering in New York to try to figure out how to build lifelike copies of humans ... to be eventually uploaded with the contents of a real human brain. It's the brainchild of a Russian multimillionaire, Dmitry Itskov. ... And he says he's perfectly serious, and that it could be accomplished by 2035. Crazy? The New York Times gave Itskov a front-page profile on its Sunday Business page a week and a half ago. Imagine this ... a digital copy of your brain in a...
  • Russian billionaire’s plan for immortality by 2045 includes turning us into cyborgs

    04/05/2013 9:53:28 AM PDT · by null and void · 53 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 4/1/13 | Nicolette Emmino
    This article was posted on 04/01/2013 Russian billionaire’s plan for immortality by 2045 includes turning us into cyborgs Technology may be advancing, but it doesn’t change the fact that the human body is limited. Eventually, human beings die.  Maybe immortality sounds like science fiction, especially when thinking about cyborgs, avatars, and robots, but for one Russian man, living forever in a machine’s body is the future, and it’s not so far away. After Dmitry Itskov made a fortune as founder of a web publishing company, New Media Stars, he began thinking about the meaning of life and consciousness. Last February, Itskov gathered...
  • Ray Kurzweil Says We’re Going to Live Forever

    01/27/2013 10:33:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Andrew Goldman
    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...
  • Human immortality could be possible by 2045, say Russian scientists

    08/01/2012 4:49:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 44 replies
    CBC ^ | 7/31/12 | Lauren O'Neil
    If Dmitry Itskov's 2045 initiative plays out as planned, humans will have the option of living forever with the help of machines in only 33 years. It may sound ridiculous, but the 31-year-old Russian mogul is dead serious about neuroscience, android robotics, and cybernetic immortality. He has already pulled together a team of leading Russian scientists intent on creating fully functional holographic human avatars that house artificial brains which contain a person's complete consciousness - in other words, a humanoid robot. Together, they've laid out an ambitious course of action that would see the team transplant a human brain...
  • DARPA project seeks immortality, suspended animation

    07/24/2011 10:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | July 19, 2011 | John Oates
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering money to researchers looking at identifying and controlling timing mechanisms in cells, including those of the human body. The blue sky gazing loon-collective notes that no single "master switch" has been found to control genes' activities. But it hopes that the "Biochronicity" programme will find a way to understand and predict "temporal features of biological systems". The four-year programme will start by identifying "episequences and validation in experimental biological systems". After two years, DARPA hopes to move to Phase II, which aims to conduct Live Fire Tests. Should the research prove...
  • What Happens When You Die?

    06/25/2011 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 63 replies
    Logos Apologia ^ | June 22, 2011 | Cris D. Putnam
    What happens when you die? The Bible uses the word death in different senses. Jesus said: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). Also in Revelation 20:6, John speaks of a “second death,” apparently distinguishing it from the first death or the usual understanding of death. It is important to note that the only way to escape the second death and Hell is through the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 11:26). Make sure to be in on that one! Now...
  • Harvard Scientists Reverse the Ageing Process in Mice – Now for Humans

    11/29/2010 5:55:48 AM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 29, 2010 | Ian Sample
    Scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the ageing process after rejuvenating worn out organs in elderly mice. The experimental treatment developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies. The surprise recovery of the animals has raised hopes among scientists that it may be possible to achieve a similar feat in humans – or at least to slow down the ageing process. An anti-ageing therapy could have a dramatic impact on public health by reducing the burden of age-related health problems, such as dementia, stroke...
  • NATURAL IMMORTALITY: A Christian Doctrine?

    02/06/2010 9:48:03 AM PST · by Ken4TA · 10 replies · 381+ views ^ | 1992 | Steve Jones
    Immortality! It has been “brought to light” by Jesus Christ and his gospel (2 Tim. 1:10). Eternal life — an immortal existence — is offered freely to the lowest of sinners who reach out and take hold of the Savior by faith. Christ himself said, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day”(John 6:40). This must be underscored in the Church today; it is a point at which multitudes stumble. The eternal life given by our Lord is...

    02/05/2010 3:58:45 PM PST · by Ken4TA · 37 replies · 398+ views
    1993 | Curtis Dickinson
    Of all the religious traditions which stand in the way of understanding the teachings of Jesus and the apostles is the one which substitutes the Platonic concept of the soul for the truth of Scripture. Plato’s concepts began to dominate Greek culture in the fourth century BC, and are still popular today. In most any university library you will find many more books on Plato than you will on Jesus. Plato held that “souls” are a part of the invisible and permanent realm and are not affected by the change and decay of the visible world; therefore they are immortal....
  • Resurrection Truths

    05/28/2008 3:30:50 PM PDT · by Truth Defender · 77 replies · 90+ views
    Being a person who believes the words of God’s Anointed One, Jesus, and whose blessed hope is in the resurrection from the dead at the last day, I could be called a “resurrection oriented Christian. In my visits and study of the various denominations of Christendom over many years I have found that the resurrection is no longer the central and main message but is given lip-service in most church rituals of worship. The resurrection truths as spoken of by Jesus seems only to be expounded upon in some detail on the day called “Easter,” and hardly ever related to...
  • [Bitpig] Science Fiction And The Future: So What?

    10/03/2007 1:31:45 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 57 replies · 795+ views ^ | 2007.10.03 | Bitpig [B-Chan]
    Science Fiction has a lousy record of predicting the future. In the 1930s, for example, it was widely held that by 1970, toga-clad descendants of the Depression Generation would be living in giant art deco cities full of speeding Dymaxion Cars and dining on food pills. In the '50s and '60s, it was rocket belts and atomic-powered flying cars we were supposed to be enjoying by 2000. And today? In almost every extrapolation of the future I've read lately, the ultimate fate of mankind is uploading -- the transference of consciousness from biological to digital substrates. Such uploads, it is...
  • The Advantages of Immortality

    06/12/2007 12:01:06 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 235+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 7, 2007 | G. Stolyarov II
    George is a regular wage laborer -- industrious, but somewhat frail and easy to tire. Thus, George is unable to put in 18 hours every day for running a small business or generating a vast fortune quickly.Had he lived the average human lifespan, he would likely have died owning only a small home and having a fairly marginal discretionary income. But George is fortunate, for he lives in an age where immortality has just been made a commercial product.