Wednesday, August 29, 2012

5 ways to live forever

In about 20 years, scientists claim that they may have the technology to enable humans to live forever. That will make it the year 2032. It may not happen on that exact date, but if you can live long enough to at least see the 2030s, you may never die. Here are 5 ways humans may live forever in the coming future.

How can this be done? Here are 5 of the methods we may use in the future to live forever:

  • Replacement of our vital organs:  Scientists can create artificial pancreases so this isn't as crazy as it sounds. It won't be long before this technology is perfected. This means that we will get to replace any organ in our body with a new one. If your heart is failing, you can go to the doctor to order a replacement. It's basically like going to the body mechanic to have parts replaced. We will get to do this over and over again until technology is advanced enough to enable our bodies to live forever on a molecular level.

  • Immortality Neurological implants: Computer chips that can attach to the human brain is not as far fetched as it sounds. It's already being done in the laboratory to help people with brain disorders like severe terrets and others. These computer chips will help stimulate the brain for people who have had strokes or head injuries, e.c.t. They will also ease the effects of Parkinson's disease and depression. In addition, they can be used as a pathway from brain to computer. In the future you will be able to control machines with your mind. Perhaps you could even control other people, who knows. This technology will most likely ensure that our brains will never degenerate and our memory will never delete or get destroyed. Any brain damage will be automatically repaired (or transferred into a machine). (See: Transferring Human Consciousness)

  • 3. Nanobots: These will be used as a supplement to our natural blood cells and they will be thousands of times more effective. For example, oxygen will be supplied much more effectively and you will most likely be able to run at a full sprint for 15 minutes and stay under water for hours without a breath. Also, they will allow healing and repair to be nearly instant and will ensure that the cells in our body never decay, allowing us to never age or maybe we could even grow younger instead of older.

  • 4. Cyborg technology: This is pretty self explanatory. In the future instead of replacing body parts with biological copies, we may be able to replace them with mechanical copies. We will then become super human biological cyborgs. We will live forever and be nearly invincible. (See: Dog's Head Kept Alive Without a Body)

  • 5. Cryonics: Cryonics is a technology that uses vitrification instead of freezing for the preservation of humans and animals. The idea is you can have yourself preserved until medical technology is available to heal you. So even if you die today, you can be restored at a later date. Currently, around 200 people have had this procedure since 1962. In the United States, only people who are pronounced clinically dead can have cryonics performed. The only problem, the technology does not yet exist to bring these people back to life without killing them. Would you take the risk? I sure would.

I recently watched the movie Zardoz and found it was a compelling take on the effects of living forever. In the movie, people were begging for death. Would life really get that boring?