Immortality 20 Years Away

Date: 14/12/2009

Scientist Ray Kurzweil says nanotechnologies capable of replacing many of our vital organs could be available in 20 years time (artificial pancreases and neural implants are already available). Mr Kurzweil calls his theory the Law of Accelerating Returns and believes we will have the means to reprogramme our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt then reverse, ageing. ‘Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells and do their work thousands of times more effectively. Within 25 years we will be able to do an Olympic sprint for 15 minutes without taking a breath, or go scuba-diving for four hours without oxygen.

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