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If Ray Kurzweil Lives Forever, Should Medicare Pay for His Health Care? - Forbes

If Ray Kurzweil Lives Forever, Should Medicare Pay for His Health Care? - Forbes | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil plans to live forever. All power to him. Mr. Kurzweil’s contributions to mankind arguably have been so extraordinary that perhaps we owe it to him to provide him medical care in perpetuity.

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Ultimately, the question is this: are Americans entitled to unlimited life expectancy?

 

 

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How would you like to invest in immortality? | KurzweilAI

How would you like to invest in immortality? | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

With his 2045 Initiative, Russian Internet mogul Dmitry Itskov is looking for backers for the world’s first immortality research center.

The new venture sells itself: invest in his new research and development interest and the payoff could be immortality, reports Fortune.

 

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Hydra's immortality gene sheds light on human ageing

Hydra's immortality gene sheds light on human ageing | Longevity science | Scoop.it

The tiny freshwater polyp Hydra is a remarkable creature. It does not show any signs of ageing and appears to be immortal. Researchers from Kiel University have examined this phenomenon and uncovered an important link to the ageing process in humans that could lead to the development of advanced rejuvenation therapies.

 

How does the polyp Hydra do this? It accomplishes the feat of apparent immorality by reproducing through budding rather than mating. Each polyp contains stem cells capable of continuous proliferation. Without this endless supply of regenerating stem cells, the animals could not reproduce.

 

 

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Ray Kurzweil: Looking Forward to the Day That Humans Can Live Forever

Ray Kurzweil: Looking Forward to the Day That Humans Can Live Forever | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Speakers at the 7th Annual Singularity Summit predict a future in which everyone lives forever and the intelligence of man and machine fuse to usher in a new "human-machine civilization."...

 

Computing ability and technological innovation have been increasing exponentially over the past few decades, Ray stated, alongside similar increases in life expectancy and income.

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The strange neuroscience of immortality | KurzweilAI

The strange neuroscience of immortality | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Kenneth Hayworth believes that he can live forever, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. But first he has to die.

 

“The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body,” he says.

 

He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin — before he dies of natural causes.

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Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever? | Longevity science | Scoop.it

"I'm right on the cusp," he adds. "I think some of us will make it through"—he means baby boomers, who can hope to experience practical immortality if they hang on for another 15 years.

By then, Mr. Kurzweil expects medical technology to be adding a year of life expectancy every year. We will start to outrun our own deaths. And then the wonders really begin. The little computers in our hands that now give us access to all the world's information via the Web will become little computers in our brains giving us access to all the world's information. Our world will become a world of near-infinite, virtual possibilities.

 

 

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Should we live to 1,000? | KurzweilAI

Should we live to 1,000? | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation and the world’s most prominent advocate of anti-aging research, argues that it makes no sense to spend the vast majority of our medical resources on trying to combat the diseases of aging without tackling aging itself, writes ethicist Peter Singer on Project Syndicate.

De Grey believes that even modest progress in this area over the coming decade could lead to a dramatic extension of the human lifespan.
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We are working towards a point in history when we can add a year to life expectancy for every year we age.

 

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Can a jellyfish unlock the secret of immortality? | KurzweilAI

Can a jellyfish unlock the secret of immortality? | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Interesting quotes from this story:

 

“There’s a shocking amount of genetic similarity between jellyfish and human beings,”

 

“Immortality might be much more common than we think,”

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Kurzweil Talks About Achievable Immortality On PBS NewsHour | Singularity Hub

Kurzweil Talks About Achievable Immortality On PBS NewsHour | Singularity Hub | Longevity science | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, PBS NewsHour ran a 10-minute piece with Kurzweil titled “As Humans and Computers Merge…Immortality?” from correspondent Paul Solman for his economics-focused Making Sen$e of Financial News.

 

Solman probes Kurzweil for some insights about where technology is headed in the coming decades, covering topics like artificial intelligence, extending lifespans through supplementation, and digital resurrection of the deceased as avatars.

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Immortal worms defy aging | KurzweilAI

Immortal worms defy aging | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

How do they do it?

 

There are two types of worm that can regenerate their cells indefinitely, leading researchers to question—is this a key to immortality?

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