I was killing time a couple of days ago and I came across a very interesting article in Rolling Stone. (I know its Rolling Stone, but I checked a couple of sources and this guy is a real scientist.) Anyway, this article was about scientist and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who say that through break troughs in science we (humans) will we able to live forever. He believes that thanks to nanobots, we will no longer be held captive by our physical bodies, but will be able to occupy different bodies and live indefinitely. In this process, nanobots would go into your body and begin to map your body, mind and DNA. Once this is done the information can be copied onto another body. I’m not sure how this is done, but I imagine it’s done through some sort of cloning process. Kurzweil describes this as updating your computer, once your hardware (body) is worn out, you can copy your software (mind) and install it onto new hardware (body).
When I was reading this I thought that this seemed really farfetched. Do you really think that human cloning will ever be allowed in the world, or even in the US? If it is, what kind of implication and new ethics will it bring the scientific community? The article also made me wonder if humans are supposed to live forever. I am not questioning it from a religious stand point, but from a population control standpoint. How many humans can this plant sustainably hold and if we live for hundreds of years, how many people could come to occupy this plant? I encourage all of you to read this article and look forward to hearing what everyone thinks about the implications of this technology.