Does the notion of living forever sound good to you? Or do you worry that you’d quickly run out of things to do? After all, how many superhero movies or walks to the park can you really stand? This may be a moot point. Ray Kurzweil, a famed scientist and author, predicts that in just 20 years scientists will have discovered a way to allow us to live forever. Based on a story by Business Insider, this will involve nanobots that replace our blood cells.
This seems kind of spooky and like something out of a sci-fi movie. Kurzweil is very passionate about this, and some very well know people are huge admirers of his. In particular Bill Clinton and Bill Gates.
Rise of the nanobots?
Kurzweil’s thoughts on immortality may not be quite as far-fetched. According to the scientist, in about 20 years scientists will have identified ways to halt and reverse the aging process. Nanotechnology will then step in, he says. Specifically, nanobots will replace human’s blood cells. And, as Kurzweil puts it, they’ll do the work of these blood cells significantly more efficiently.
Kurzweil bases his predictions on the fact that technology is evolving at an exponential rate. Taking this into consideration, immortality may be just a few more technological leaps away.
The bigger questions that arise out of this discussion are: Should humans live forever? If we do, will the earth become overpopulated? Will this eradicate our natural resources? Who will get to live forever? These are huge questions, which, if Kurzweil’s predictions come true, we will soon be facing.