How Close Are Humans to Immortality?


The question How close are humans to immortality? has been studied at great lengths by different scientists in different fields. However a consensus has been achieved by a specific community of these observers on the answer to the question. Scientist Ray Kurzweil and his followers all agree that humans are about 20-25 years away from being able to live as long as they wish.

Yet what will enable the inhabitants of earth to do so? Kurzweil, a notable predictor of the milestones humanity achieved, believes that the key to immortality is nanotechnology. He thinks that given the trend of computers becoming smaller and more efficient, people will be able to have nanobots circulating in their veins, cleaning and providing perpetual maintenance. He also hypothesizes that robots will replace our organs when they fail. These advances would mean that so long as the robots are powered and working well, they will keep their humans alive and kicking.

Kurzweil’s predictions have been proven to be anything but inaccurate before. He successfully pinpointed the exact year that the smartphone would come out, and its capabilities, and he described the Internet before it was ever invented. Kurzweil has convinced his peers in the scientific community of his hypothesis of human immortality. Kurzweil calls his theory the Law of Accelerating Returns. He illustrated that through nanotechnology, humans will be able to halt and reverse the aging process. He believes that nanobots will be exponentially more efficient than normal human cells.

He thinks that not only will humans achieve immortality, but that they will be able to accomplish tasks that are impossible for the species with their normal biological makeup. Examples include such feats as doing an Olympic sprint for 20 minutes without taking a breath, or going scuba diving for upwards of four hours without oxygen.

Kurzweil urges his fellow human beings to hang in there, given how close they are to immortality. With added life and brain capacity, Kurzweil also suggests that nanobots will be able to enable humans to do things like writing a full fledged book in minutes. He continued to describe how the world will change around humans. Nanobots in humans’ bodies will be able to alter their perceptions and create virtual worlds, virtual sex will become commonplace and hologram figures will appear right in front of humans as if they were real.

He says that humans should look forward to a world where they become cyborgs that are invulnerable to almost every ailment the species faces today. To those who argue that humans should not be celebrating how close the species is to immortality because immortal life will bring never-ending boredom and despair, Kurzweil argues that immortality is the wrong term for these advancements. Immortality means that it is impossible for one to die. Kurzweil says that is inaccurate in this case, given that humans with nanotechnologies will be able to die. Dying unintentionally will be an almost non-occurrence, but willing departures from life will be available. He promises that human free will is not going to be at stake. Humans may be close to immortality.

By Andres Loubriel

Popular Mechanics

58 Responses to "How Close Are Humans to Immortality?"

  1. Wingy   February 22, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I have a simple method of keeping tabs on immortality. The day science can reverse male pattern baldness, you sure as hell can believe it that they can cure mortality.

  2. Harry   September 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    People keep talking of curing the ageing disease, but they are still not able to get rid of cold or flu. I’ve heard all this noise about anti-ageing medicine for quite a while, but people kepe ageing and dying and I do not know of a single anti-ageing pill that can add at least 25-30 healthy years to a lifespan. How can you take Ray Kurzweil seriously if he said in 2009 that we are 20 years from immortality and in 2016 he agains says: we are 20 years from immortality? Do not get me wrong. I want to live forever, but there is no indication that this can become a reality. Let the research fellows come out at least with first-generation pills or therapies that slow down the ageing process and can add 25-years to our life span. If such medicines are available within the next 10 years and guarantee that I can live 115 instead of 90 years then I’ll believe it’s real. Then, say, around 2045-2050 I’d like to see the second generation of genetic therapy or nanomedicie that can extend the human lifespan to 150 years, then by 2065 – to 200 years and then by the end of the 21st century maybe the ageing process can be reversed. Otherwise it’s just cheap talk and vain hopes.

  3. william   August 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I believe it would be amazing to live forever for one the knowledge you could accrue the places you could visit the problems that some generations would be having would have experienced in site into what not to do.


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