New Fantastic Technologies That Will Make Us Immortal Someday
Science and Technology
On 3rd December 2016
Immortality has been nothing more than a very popular sci-fi and fantasy trope in pop culture. Fountains of Youth, cyborgs, and computers have been a few of the many ways humans have been able to get away with endless lives. While it’s still a bit of a ways away, there’s still time to consider all the pros and cons from the list, think about the laws or regulations that may need to be added to make sure nothing goes wrong, and consider what immortality would help humans accomplish. That being said, with the amount of money and research being poured into it, many experts are saying we can expect to see more immortals walking the earth within the next 25 – 30 years.
#1 Working Around the Telomerase Enzyme
It's simply human nature: over time, the human body slowly deteriorates. Skin loses elasticity so it becomes wrinkled, bones become weak and frail. At the end of chromosomes are telomerase, an enzyme which is used to keep them safe and prevent unraveling. When humans are young, they work perfectly fine, however, as time goes on and cells copy an expand, telomerase get worn and damaged. Scientists have conducted tests on mice by engineering them to not have telomerase, making them immediately weak. When they were given a replacement for the enzyme, their health was immediately replenished, making them as good as spring chickens.
#2 Memory Uploading
Humans can hold roughly 2.5 petabytes, which is about 25,000 terabytes. Right now, the most storage on a computer is 120 petabytes on a computer for IMB's Almaden.
Memory uploading, brain scanning, or whole brain emulation call it what you will, but this classic sci-fi and fantasy trope will soon become a reality. Whether it's just specific memories or an entire human's personality, many professionals believe that this form of eternal life isn't too far away. One of the major players in this is the 2045 Initiative. This nonprofit organization founded in 2011 has a group of Russian neural interface, robotics, artificial organs, and systems specialists working to make personality uploading real. Most notably, their Avatar Project allows for humans to host their brains inside a robotic host.
As cool as it sounds, there are a few major issues with it. One being security. In an age when computers are relatively easy to figure out, how will personalities, identities, and "selfs" be kept safe from hackers?
Imagine little tiny machines inside the human body, floating in the blood stream, or even replacing it. Whenever the body gets damaged by a cut or scrape, it heals the wound. Should the body lose a limb, one grows back to replace it. Being struck by lightning or bungee jumping wouldn't be nearly as terrifying as it sounds. Having a little army of machines on standby and alerting the host if there are any issues. This method is already in the works. MIT researchers have used nanoparticles to destroy ovarian tumours in mice, test humans for blood clots through urine samples, and other health issues. Hopefully, there will be a proper way for the brain and the technology to communicate discreetly, since no one really wants to share what's going on with their body.
#4 Cloned Body Parts
Having an on-demand supply of body parts would help a lot of people who are waiting on essential transplants. Alright, so a full human being can't be cloned yet, but different bits and pieces of humans have been. Adult stem cells have been cloned from human skin in hopes of regrowing tissue for the elderly.