Ray Kurzweil says nanobots will soon wipe out cancer, back up memories and slow aging

In 30 or 40 years, we'll have microscopic machines traveling through our bodies, repairing damaged cells and organs, effectively wiping out diseases. The nanotechnology will also be used to back up our memories and personalities.

In an interview with Computerworld, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil said that anyone alive come 2040 or 2050 could be close to immortal. The quickening advance of nanotechnology means that the human condition will shift into more of a collaboration of man and machine, as nanobots flow through human blood streams and eventually even replace biological blood, he added.

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Really, you'd think that his investors would like to see some results... Why do they keep giving him money?
So if people give other people money then that makes the claims credible?

That would make the claims true that were made by that company (can't recall their name) who were making a free-energy/perpetual-motion device.

Just because some credulous people are fooled by the slick talking, science speak of the scammer/entrepreneur it doesn't mean the claims are credible.

(I'm not saying that Kurweil is a scammer, I'd have to assess the merits of his claims first, but just that this funding idea is a fallacy)
So if people give other people money then that makes the claims credible?

Did I say that? Or even imply it?

No, I was implying that people should instead be giving their money to more credible lines of research, rather than a bottomless pit of pipe-dreams.
Apologies, I misread your meaning.
I'd totally do something like this, provided I get human rights.
While I admire Ray for his vision, this much is closer to home. Author of "Redesigning Humans" geneticist Dr. Gregory Stock is featured on this TED video.

Here's a short vid of Numenta co-founder Jeff Hawkins on TED talking about brain theory.

hehe that's a different dude. :) Below is the url for the Jeff Hawkins who was affiliated with the Church of Scientology.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNf1qwoUb5E

While Jeff Hawkins of Numenta also co-founded the Palm and Handspring companies.

http://www.numenta.com/about-numenta/people.php
Practicality of dying aside, I simply don't want to. Ever. It may be a pipe-dream, but I hope that we can find some way.
I agree.

I'm currently researching the link between death anxiety and afterlife beliefs. On the "plus side" for religion, it turns out that increasing religiosity causes lower anxiety or depression relating to death. On the other hand, atheists and agnostics have higher death anxiety.

However, it seems like small comfort. The religious worldview might make somebody go to their death slightly happier but, as George Bernard Shaw said, "The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality."

Personally, I think death sucks. Nobody is going to quote me on that 150 years after MY birth, but it's still true. I think death is *the* most pernicious problem that humanity could ever possibly face.

I'm reminded of "The Fable of the Dragon-tyrant" by Nick Bostrom, in my opinion one of the best articles written against death that I have read. Check it out if you haven't: http://www.nickbostrom.com/fable/dragon.html

I'm not sure why anti-senescence isn't THE number one need on the mind (and financial budget) of all world governments. Oh wait, yes I do... it's because of religion (the ultimate after-life insurance).
"On the "plus side" for religion, it turns out that increasing religiosity causes lower anxiety or depression relating to death. On the other hand, atheists and agnostics have higher death anxiety."

Interesting. The effect on me is rather the opposite. When I was a catholic, I used to fear death. When I became an atheist, the fear evaporated. Not that I welcome death. I just don't fear it anymore. Last year was a sad year for me - losing two dear friends. Death makes life a big joke.
"Practicality of dying aside, I simply don't want to. Ever. It may be a pipe-dream, but I hope that we can find some way."

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you might not be the only one.

Peter F. Hamilton has some good sci-fi describing what the future might look like with immortality granted via nano-tech and memory storage. I highly recommend his series beginning with Pandora's Star.

For me the immediate question would be how will we get everyone to stop breeding? Failing that, where will we put everyone?

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