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Ask Ray | Thoughts on the consequences of the elimination of aging | KurzweilAI

Ask Ray | Thoughts on the consequences of the elimination of aging | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

What if humans were to completely eliminate the process of aging in, say, the next ten or twenty years (probably before the technological singularity)?

 

What would be the worldwide consequences of such a development?

 

Would the elimination of aging, and thereby the elimination of death, ultimately, have good or bad consequences?

 

 

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Scott Baldwin's comment, April 10, 2013 12:25 AM
Well, I hate to suggest such horrible expectations, but I fear that the following would occur, over time: Overpopulation, insurmountable taxing of natural resources, mounting tensions leading to unbridled war, and more death than what happened naturally prior to the elimination of aging. I suspect that the only thing that could prevent these inevitabilities would be the development of space travel sufficient to reduce earth's bio-load, and the massive reduction of our collective carbon footprint by emerging green technology.
Scott Baldwin's comment, April 10, 2013 1:33 AM
Holy smokes, I did not click through to the actual article and the other responses, but it seems there are some similar thoughts.
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Pimm Fox interviews Ray Kurzweil: how technology will save the world | KurzweilAI

Bloomberg TV | Ray Kurzweil, author of How to Create a Mind, discusses reverse-engineering the human brain. He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg
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Ra Ra Riot Announce New Album, Tour

Ra Ra Riot Announce New Album, Tour | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Ra Ra Riot drew inspiration from "the works of cyberpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil's musings on technological singularity and transhumanism," according to a press release. Sounds like a bit of a departure from their nautical beginnings.

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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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Ray Kurzweil Says We’re Going to Live Forever

Ray Kurzweil Says We’re Going to Live Forever | Longevity science | Scoop.it

As a futurist, you are famous for making predictions of when technological innovations will actually occur. Are you willing to predict the year you will die?


My plan is to stick around. We’ll get to a point about 15 years from now where we’re adding more than a year every year to your life expectancy.

 

 

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WSJ: Head in the Cloud, Human Intelligence Takes a Leap

WSJ: Head in the Cloud, Human Intelligence Takes  a Leap | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Will our increased understanding of how our brains work allow us to transcend human nature?

 

Yes indeed.

 

Ray Kurzweil, the software inventor and visionary, argues that human intelligence will radically evolve beyond biology and become embedded in new "spiritual" machines.

 

The book, How to Create a Mind, is available through Amazon and BN.com

 

 

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Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind to be published Nov. 13 | KurzweilAI

Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind to be published Nov. 13 | KurzweilAI | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Ray Kurzweil's next book --- How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed* --- will be published Nov. 13, Viking announced today.

 

In this new work, the bold futurist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Singularity Is Near explores the limitless potential of reverse engineering the human brain..

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