61-year-old Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award winner, futurist and inventor guy Ray Kurzweil has made a lot of wild predictions that end up being appealing or terrifying. One of those is his belief that, within the next 20-25 years, our mastery of nanotechnology will be at such a level that we'll basically be immortal cyborgs. So, hey — how's that sound?
"I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogram our bodies' stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, aging. Then nanotechnology will let us live forever," Kurzweil wrote in The Sun.
Sounds crazy, but Kurzweil points out that artificial organs are already available. Still, there seems to be a rather large gap between artificial hearts and being able to grow fresh organs and install that'll keep us from aging.
Not only will we be immortal, but we'll be superhuman, too:
"Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells and do their work thousands of times more effectively. Within 25 years we will be able to do an Olympic sprint for 15 minutes without taking a breath, or go scuba-diving for four hours without oxygen Nanotechnology will extend our mental capacities to such an extent we will be able to write books within minutes."If that doesn't sound wild enough, it only gets more fanciful from there. Play us out, Kurzweil:
"If we want to go into virtual-reality mode, nanobots will shut down brain signals and take us wherever we want to go. Virtual sex will become commonplace. And in our daily lives, hologram like figures will pop in our brain to explain what is happening. So we can look forward to a world where humans become cyborgs, with artificial limbs and organs."So, how about it? You apes wanna live forever?!