Do You Really Want to Live Forever?

The Singularity is Near book coverRespected inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil wants to live forever. He doesn’t think that this is so out of the question. With the right diet, supplements and…machinery. He’s a technological optimist. In The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil examines the merging of human biology with “GNR” (genetics, nanotechnology and robotics). Think of the Borg mixed with The Matrix and then add about twelve thousand percent more thoughtful research. This is not an “easy read.” It’s about 700 pages and it will make you think. Should humans live forever? What’re the ethical ramifications? What about the environmental outcomes of an extended lifespan? Kurzweil definitely brings up more questions than he answers, but his visions of the future are intriguing and disarmingly plausible.