[ExI] NEW SCIENTIST on Singularity & Immortality

natasha at natasha.cc natasha at natasha.cc
Wed May 6 19:59:32 UTC 2009

Great article, Michael. Thanks for sending it.  It could be any of us  
have been saying for the past 20 years (except for the SU). :-)

It is amazing to me that the journalists act as if all this is new  
information, new knowledge.  Not.  Nonetheless, it is fabulous to keep  
it in the public eye!

best wishes,

Quoting Michael LaTorra <mlatorra at gmail.com>:

> Ray Kurzweil: A singular view of the future
> 06 May 2009 by Liz Else
> Q: When will the Singularity arrive?
> A: By 2045, give or take. We are already a hybrid of biological and
> non-biological technology. A handful of people have electronic devices in
> their brain, for example. The latest generation allows medical software to
> be downloaded to a computer inside your brain. But if you consider that 25
> years from now these technologies will be 100,000 times smaller and a
> billion times more powerful, you get some idea of what will be feasible. And
> even though most of us don't have computers in our bodies, they are already
> part of who we are.
> Q: What about people who don't want to be "trans-human" and merge with
> technology?
> A: How many people completely reject all medical and health technology,
> don't wear glasses or take any medicine? People say they don't want to
> change themselves, but then when they get a disease they will do whatever
> they can to overcome it. We're not going to get from here to the world of
> 2030 or 2040 in one grand leap; we're going to get there through thousands
> of little steps. Put these steps together and ultimately the world is a
> different place.
> . .  .
> Read entire interview at: http://tinyurl.com/dh4ym6
> Watch the NEW SCIENTIST video interviews with Anders Sandberg, Aubrey de
> Grey and Nick Bostrom at:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfTqXL0d9Ls

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