Can We Live Forever?
Throughout history, human beings have been trying to prolong their lives for as long as possible. After all, who wouldn’t like to live as long as possible, if not forever. According to Ray Kurzweil, the famed computer scientist, inventor and MIT graduate, immortality might be within our reach. Kurzweil claims that within the next 20 years, human beings might be capable of sustaining life through the use of “millions of blood cell-sized robots” called “nanobots” that would keep us young and healthy forever, traveling through our body repairing any injuries and curing disease.
Although Kurzweil’s claims may come off as a bit absurd, research into nanotechnology has already been underway in recent years and the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies puts the number of available nanotechnology-based consumer products at over 1,300. In addition, Kurzweil bases his predictions on “carefully constructed scientific models” that have proven accurate in the past, such as the prediction of the development of a worldwide computer network and a computer that could beat a chess champion.
If Kurzweil’s predictions for human immortality do someday come true, what types of implications do you think that would have? How would this effect human society? If you were given the chance chance to live forever would you do it?