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From the article:

If Aubrey de Grey’s predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger.

A biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, de Grey reckons that within his own lifetime doctors could have all the tools they need to “cure” aging — banishing diseases that come with it and extending life indefinitely.

“I’d say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing aging under what I’d call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so,” de Grey said in an interview before delivering a lecture at Britain’s Royal Institution academy of science.

“And what I mean by decisive is the same sort of medical control that we have over most infectious diseases today.”

De Grey sees a time when people will go to their doctors for regular “maintenance,” which by then will include gene therapies, stem cell therapies, immune stimulation and a range of other advanced medical techniques to keep them in good shape.

De Grey lives near Cambridge University where he won his doctorate in 2000 and is chief scientific officer of the non-profit California-based SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Foundation, which he co-founded in 2009.

He describes aging as the lifelong accumulation of various types of molecular and cellular damage throughout the body.

“The idea is to engage in what you might call preventative geriatrics, where you go in to periodically repair that molecular and cellular damage before it gets to the level of abundance that is pathogenic,” he explained.

I have heard a lot of people say that they never want to live forever and that it’s wrong to even try but aren’t you already trying to live past what is “natural”. I mean the medical technologies and the information about the human body we have today makes us live longer then they did 200 years ago, right?

I think it’s kinda strange that they think that living forever is so wrong when they are using medication and/or tech to stay alive right now and the living forever technology won’t just jump out all of a sudden, no it will take time and will arrive in small doses and by the time your 250 years old, still young and health and having a blast with your life, you’ll look back and go “that wasn’t to bad, I didn’t know what I was worrying about”.

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A meditation on the will to become immortal. A love letter to science and philosophy that explores the idea of engineered radical life extension and biological immortality featuring Ray Kurzweil among others. By Jason Silva.

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The article:

People will be given pills to live healthily beyond 100 within two years, a top professor revealed yesterday.

The drugs – a spin-off from research into age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s – are already being developed.

Professor Nir Barzilai, one of the world’s leading experts on ageing, said as he joined fellow scientists at a London conference: “Pharmaceutical companies are developing these drugs now.

“They will probably be available for testing from 2012.”

The astonishing breakthrough follows intensive research into what makes cells die – and why some people dodge major illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and dementia to live beyond 100 still fit as a fiddle.

The New York professor’s own team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine has pinpointed genetic variants that let people live to a “ripe old age”.

Those blessed with anti-ageing genes tend not to get seriously ill towards the end of their lives – but die suddenly. Professor Barzilai, among experts at a Royal Society summit on ageing, said: “I’m seeing 100-year-olds who are not only 100 years old but in great shape.

“People who die between 70 and 80 are sick in the last few years of their life. Centenarians are dying healthy.”

He said people could begin taking a once-a-day longevity pill in their 40s or 50s.

Wow that way less time then I previously thought, I would have given it 10-12 years before this hit the testing sites.

My dream of living forever just took a big step forward so sign me up for the alpha release of this drug.

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From article:

The 61-year-old American, who has predicted new technologies arriving before, says our understanding of genes and computer technology is accelerating at an incredible rate.

He says theoretically, at the rate our understanding is increasing, nanotechnologies capable of replacing many of our vital organs could be available in 20 years time.

Mr Kurzweil adds that although his claims may seem far-fetched, artificial pancreases and neural implants are already available.

Mr Kurzweil calls his theory the Law of Accelerating Returns. Writing in The Sun, Mr Kurzweil said: “I and many other scientists now believe that in around 20 years we will have the means to reprogramme our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, ageing. Then nanotechnology will let us live for ever.

“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.

“Heart-attack victims – who haven’t taken advantage of widely available bionic hearts – will calmly drive to the doctors for a minor operation as their blood bots keep them alive.

“Nanotechnology will extend our mental capacities to such an extent we will be able to write books within minutes.

I love how they put a Terminator picture as part of the story , like immortality is a bad thing.

Well I kinda like what Ray is saying and I think that humanity is destined for something greater and that immortality and “the body 2.0” is guidelines to that future.

So I’m all for this type of tech as long as everyone has the option to have it done, if you want it then fine, it you don´t that’s fine too.

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Electronic brain implants are becoming increasingly common in both research and medicine but little attention has been paid to the digital security of these grey matter gateways. A new article in Neurosurgical Focus discusses their potential back doors and security weaknesses.

While there’s a small literature on hardware problems in implantable deep brain stimulators, little consideration has been give to data privacy, access control and crash protection for neural implants.

Many of these devices are designed to be surgically implanted and controlled, tuned or reprogrammed from outside the body by a wireless link but very few (if any) have an in-built authentication system that only allows access to people who are authorised to make the changes.

Currently, they work more like TV remote controls. Anyone with the correct remote control can change the settings on your TV, but it’s just assumed that no one except the owner would want to.

As these devices become more widespread, however, it leaves open the possibility that malicious attackers could alter the function of the brain by taking control of the device.

Okay thats bad, really bad…

I do not want some implant  in my head that anyone can turn off and on without my consent.

They have to make them secure before they put them into people not after, this is someone’s body where talking about here.

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From the interview:

When will the Singularity arrive?

By 2045, give or take. We are already a hybrid of biological and non-biological technology. A handful of people have electronic devices in their brain, for example. The latest generation allows medical software to be downloaded to a computer inside your brain. But if you consider that 25 years from now these technologies will be 100,000 times smaller and a billion times more powerful, you get some idea of what will be feasible. And even though most of us don’t have computers in our bodies, they are already part of who we are.

What about people who don’t want to be “trans-human” and merge with technology?

How many people completely reject all medical and health technology, don’t wear glasses or take any medicine? People say they don’t want to change themselves, but then when they get a disease they will do whatever they can to overcome it. We’re not going to get from here to the world of 2030 or 2040 in one grand leap; we’re going to get there through thousands of little steps. Put these steps together and ultimately the world is a different place.

Can we outrun our current environmental problems to reach 2045?

Yes. The resources are much greater than they appear. We only have to capture 1 part in 10,000 of the sunlight to get all the energy we need. Nanotechnology is being applied to solar energy collection technology and that is scaling up at an exponential rate. Such new technologies are ultimately very inexpensive because they are subject to the law of accelerating returns.

What do you mean by the law of accelerating returns?

The power of ideas to change the world is accelerating and few people grasp the implications of that fully. People don’t think exponentially, yet exponential change applies to anything that involves measuring information content. Take genetic sequencing. When the human genome project was announced in 1990, sceptics said: “No way you’re going to do this in 15 years.” Halfway through the project the sceptics were still going strong, saying you’ve only finished 1 per cent of the project. But that’s actually right on schedule: by the time you get to 1 per cent you’re only seven doublings away.

You have a strong track record with your predictions. Has this exponential thinking helped get the timing right?

In the mid-1980s, I predicted the emergence of the World Wide Web for the mid-1990s. It seemed ridiculous then, when the entire US defence budget could only link up a few thousand scientists. But I saw it doubling every year and it happened right on schedule. It is quite remarkable how predictable these measures of the power of information technology are. Even so, millions of innovators are going to come up with unexpected ideas. Who would have anticipated social networks and blogs? If 10 years ago I had said we’re going to create an encyclopedia and anybody can write and edit it, you’d have thought, my god, it’s going to be full of graffiti and completely worthless. It’s amazing how good it is if we harness the collective wisdom.

These advances all sound very utopian.

They are not utopian because technology is a double-edged sword, it introduces new problems as well. Overall, though, I do believe the benefits outweigh the damage that technology causes. Not everybody agrees.

Okay, we all know I like Ray so for a change I will not scream my head off, becasue I would very much like to see his prediction of the future come true.

I suggest you read alittle more about Rays predictions here.

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Transcendent Man introduces the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the renowned futurist who journeys the world offering his vision of a future in which we will merge with our machines, can live forever, and are billions of times more intelligent…all within the next thirty years.

This movie is something I definitely will be looking forward to, since I like Rays ideas.

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