While the title of this article may sound like it belongs on a strange and dark science fiction movie, it doesn’t. Unfortunately, it seems that as the technological world continues to advance, the more the old adage ‘the truth is stranger than fiction’ becomes true.
Throughout the past year or so, we have heard Google’s leading futurist tell us that it will one day be possible to live forever. His belief is that it will start with nanobots in the human body which would work to defeat deadly disease, in place of our immune system. Kurzweil maintains that the human immune system is inadequate and that,
“Your immune system, for example, does a poor job on cancer,” he told Playboy. ” It thinks cancer is you. It doesn’t treat cancer as an enemy. It also doesn’t work well on retroviruses. It doesn’t work well on things that tend to affect us later in life because it didn’t select for longevity.”
He also believes that the nanobots will enhance humanity and bring us to a point we could never have reached on our own. “We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. We’re going to be better at expressing loving sentiment.”
And his predictions don’t stop there, either. By 2045, he believes that human intelligence would have COMPLETELY merged with artificial intelligence. He isn’t alone in his beliefs either, as other transhumanists like Elon Musk not only believe it will happen but rejoice in it happening.
These people refer to themselves as transhumanists, and are working to mesh human consciousness with artificial intelligence and robotic bodies, in order to ‘better humanity.’
But, when we live in a world in which a cell phone now costs a total of $800, I tend to think that this type of ‘upgrade’ would only be available for a select few. Who exactly would be those ‘select few?’ Think about it, with rich elite businessmen like Zoltan Istvan and George Soros funding such ventures, I’m willing to bet only the richest of the rich will be able to afford it. Therefore, we could one day see a world in which our rich leaders and banksters live forever, while we die at a rapid pace, living merely enough years to provide a working-class tax farm.
While this may seem far-fetched, transhumanism is a movement that is catching like wildfire. There is even a political party, in which the campaign slogan is ‘Want to live forever? Vote for me.’