Blargh! Who is interested in a imortal Cesar? God protect us! Jonas, from Brazil > "Matrix" and "Battlestar Galactica" had it about right, then. > > In the late 19th Century, everyone was looking for a literal "fountain > of youth." Still doing the same thing, only now it's with science and > engineering. Maybe we'll all get to see UHDTV, by plugging the signal > directly into our navel. > > Bert > > ---------------------------------------- > Kurzweil: Computers will enable people to live forever > > Sharon Gaudin > (11/21/2006 10:36 AM EST) > URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=195200017 > > In just 15 years, we'll begin to see the merger of human and computer > intelligence that ultimately will enable people to live forever. At > least that's the prediction of author and futurist Ray Kurzweil. > > Kurzweil told a keynote audience at last week's SCO6 supercomputing > conference that nanobots will roam our blood streams fixing diseased or > aging organs, while computers will back up our human memories and > rejuvenate our bodies by keeping us young in appearance and health. > > The author of the book The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil says within a > quarter of a century, non-biological intelligence will match the range > and subtlety of human intelligence. He predicts that it will then soar > past human ability because of the continuing acceleration of > information-based technologies, as well as the ability of machines to > instantly share their knowledge. > > In an interview with InformationWeek, Kurzweil said people and computers > will intermix with nanobots, blood cell-sized robots, that will be > integrated into everything from our clothing to our bodies and brains. > People simply need to live long enough-another 15 to 30 years-to live > forever. Think of it as replacing everyone's "human body version 1.0" > with nanotechnology that will repair or replace ailing or aging tissue, > he says. Parts will become easily replaceable. > > "A $1,000 worth of computation in the 2020s will be 1,000 times more > powerful than the human brain," says Kurzweil, adding that in 25 years > we'll have multiplied our computational power by a billion. "Fifteen > years from now, it'll be a very different world. We'll have cured cancer > and heart disease, or at least rendered them to manageable chronic > conditions that aren't life threatening. We'll get to the point where we > can stop the aging process and stave off death." > > Kurzweil isn't writing science fiction. In fact, Microsoft's Bill Gates, > a robotics director at Carnegie Mellon University, an MIT professor, and > a physicist have all endorsed his book. He has received the National > Medal of Technology and the Lemelson-MIT prize. The directors of the > National Institute of Health have asked him to speak to their members. > Kurzweil says he's simply looking back and measuring the computational > progress the human race has made over the last century and then > projecting that same line of progress forward into the near future. > > Actually, we'll hit a point where human intelligence simply can't keep > up with, or even follow, the progress that computers will make, > according to Kurzweil. He expects that non-biological intelligence will > have access to its own design plans and be able to improve itself > rapidly. Computer, or non-biological, intelligence created in the year > 2045 will be one billion times more powerful than all human intelligence > today. > > "Supercomputing is behind the progress in all of these areas," Kurzweil > says, adding that a prerequisite for non-biological intelligence is to > reverse-engineer biology and the human brain. That will give scientists > a "toolkit of techniques" to apply when developing intelligent > computers. In a written report, he said, "We won't experience 100 years > of technological advance in the 21st century; we will witness on the > order of 20,000 years of progress, or about 1,000 times greater than > what was achieved in the 20th century." > > According to Kurzweil, here's what we can expect in the not-so-distant > future: > > -Doctors will be doing a backup of our memories by the late 2030s; > > -By the late 2020s, doctors will be sending intelligent bots, or > nanobots, into our bloodstreams to keep us healthy, and into our brains > to keep us young; > > -In 15 years, human longevity will be greatly extended. By the 2020s, > we'll be adding a year of longevity or more for every year that passes; > > -In the same timeframe, we'll routinely be in virtual reality > environments. Instead of making a cell call, we could "meet" someone in > a virtual world and take a walk on a virtual beach and chat. Business > meetings and conference calls will be held in calming or inspiring > virtual locations; > > -When you're walking down the street and see someone you've met before, > background information about that person will pop up on your glasses or > in the periphery of your vision; > > -Instead of spending hours in front of a desktop machine, computers will > be more ingrained in our environment. For instance, computer monitors > could be replaced by projections onto our retinas or on a virtual screen > hovering in the air; > > -Scientists will be able to rejuvenate all of someone's body tissues and > organs by transforming their skin cells into youthful versions of other > cell types; > > -Need a little boost? Kurzweil says scientists will be able to regrow > our own cells, tissues, and even whole organs, and then introduce them > into our bodies, all without surgery. As part of what he calls the > "emerging field of rejuvenation medicine," new tissue and organs will be > built out of cells that have been made younger; > > -Got heart trouble? No problem, says Kurzweil. "We'll be able to create > new heart cells from your skin cells and introduce them into your system > through the bloodstream. Over time, your heart cells get replaced with > these new cells, and the result is a rejuvenated, young heart with your > own DNA"; > > -One trick we'll have to master is staying ahead of the game. Kurzweil > warns that terrorists could, obviously, use this same technology against > us. For example, they could build and spread a bioengineered biological > virus that's highly powerful and stealthy. > > According to Kurzweil, we're not that far away from solving a medical > problem that has plagued scientists and doctors for quite some time now: > the common cold. He notes that while nanotechnology could go into our > bloodstreams and knock it out, before we even get to that stage, > biotechnology should be able to cure the cold in just 10 years. > > All material on this site Copyright 2006 CMP Media LLC. All rights > reserved. > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: > > - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at > FreeLists.org > > - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word > unsubscribe in the subject line. > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.