We are developing the tools to reprogram the processes involved in disease and aging, says Ray Kurzweil in his article, “Reprogramming Biology,” in the July 2006 Scientific American and available free in an extended Web version.
He also cites accelerating progress in turning specific genes off by blocking the messenger RNA; adding beneficial genes to patients’ bodies; activating and deactivating enzymes, to increase good cholesterol, for example; regrowing our own cells, tissues and even whole organs; capturing stem cells out of the bloodstream, to create new heart cells, for example; using nanoparticles that recognize and destroy cancer cells; and understanding and even reprogramming the brain.
Kurzweil is also optimistic about radical life extension. “I expect that within 15 years, we’ll be adding more than a year each year to remaining life expectancy. So my advice is: take care of yourself the old-fashioned way for a while longer and you may get to experience the remarkable century ahead.”
By 2020, virtual reality will allow for a full-immersion sensual encounter involving all five senses, says Ray Kurzweil in “The New Human,” an interview in the July 2005 issue of Playboy.
“You’ll feel as though you’re really with that person…. The whole idea of what it means to have a sexual relationship will be different.
“Computers used to be remote: now they’re in our pockets,” says Kurzweil. Next, they’ll make their way into our clothing, our body, and our brain. “You can’t point to a single organ for which we haven’t made enhancements or started work on them.” The latest FDA-approved neural implant even allows you to “upload software from outside the patient.
Ray Kurzweil has been making predictions for a long time now. So far, he just keeps on being right. He’s got a good track record.
His models, which are basically exponential extrapolations of technologies, seem to be quite reliable when it comes to looking into the future. That’s why I choose to take him seriously.