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Becoming immortal

June 16, 2008
A very interesting read! Of course, what are we going to do with eternity is not a medical question but rather philosophical and emotional. At least we will have time enough for love… For the quasi immortal humans of the future, nothing in this existence will look even remotely similar to the way we see things today.
clipped from www.cosmosmagazine.com

How to Live Forever or Die Trying
Within a few decades, we might reasonably expect to have extended life to 150 years or more – the first human to live to 1,000 may have already been born. But, does death give meaning to our lives? Where do we go from here?
Developments in a number of scientific disciplines suggest that we may soon be able to increase life expectancies from the 70- to 80-year range already seen in the richest countries to well over 100 and, perhaps, to over 1,000. We shall, in one sense, have made ourselves immortal.
We shall not be immortal in the sense that we cannot die; plainly we could still be killed in a car accident or by a cosmic event such as an asteroid striking the Earth. But we could not be killed by disease or age, our bodies would be immune to infection, dysfunction or the ravages of time. We would be medically immortal.
Some say this will happen quickly within, perhaps, 30 years with the first clear signs that we are on the right track appearing within the next decade.
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