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Google’s chief futurist Ray Kurzweil: We could start living forever by 2029.
Ray Kurzweil’s future predictions are in the news because of his recent Playboy interview but if you want to get a good sense of what he said in the magazine these two videos should help. Kurzweil looks at technological advancements exponentially instead of linearly, citing the 15 year Genome Project which, halfway through the project(7.5 years), was only one percent complete but was completed on time despite critics speculating it would take 750 years given the percentage of completion at the midpoint. The project was completed within 15 years because computational technology advanced exponentially throughout the 15 year project span.
Kurzweil says the technology will be in place to allow humans to live forever by 2045 but believes that, by 2029, medical technologies will add one additional year every year to your life expectancy, not on your life expectancy based on your birthdate, but rather your remaining life expectancy.
If you’re concerned that living longer will mean being a cadaver with a heartbeat, be aware that future technology will be able to make your hair, skin, bones, muscles, tendons, hormones, brain, dna, and every other aspect of you younger.