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Nanotechnologies that can replace our vital organs: There are already ways scientists can create artificial pancreases so this isn't as crazy as it sounds. It won't be long before this technology is perfected. This means that we will get to replace any organ in our body with a new one. So if your heart is failing, you can go to the doctor and order a new one! It's like replaces old parts with new ones. We will get to do this over and over again until technology is advanced enough so that our actual organs can last forever.
2. Neural implants: These little chip-like things that can attach directly onto someone's brain. They can help stimulate the brain for people who have had strokes or head injuries. They can also ease the effects of Parkinson's disease and depression. In addition, they can be used as a pathway from brain to computer. In the future you will be able to control machines with your mind. Perhaps you could even control other people! This technology will most likely ensure that our brains will never degenerate and our memory will never delete or get destroyed. Any brain damage will be automatically repaired(or transferred into a machine). (See: Transferring Human Consciousness) 3. Nanobots that replace blood cells: These will be used as a supplement for our natural blood cells and they will be thousands of times more effective. For example, oxygen will be supplied much more effectively and you will most likely be able to run at a full sprint for 15 minutes and stay under water for hours without a breath. Also, they will allow healing and repair to be nearly instant and will ensure that the cells in our body never decay, allowing us to never age or maybe we could even grow younger instead of older! Sounds pretty cool huh? 4. Cyborg technology: This is pretty self explanatory. In the future instead of replacing body parts with biological copies, we may be able to replace them with mechanical copies. We will then become super human biological cyborgs. We will live forever and be nearly invincible. (See: Dog's Head Kept Alive Without a Body) 5. Cryonics: Cryonics is a technology that uses vitrification instead of freezing for the preservation of humans and animals. The idea is you can have yourself preserved until medical technology is available to heal you. So even if you die, you can be restored at a later date. Currently, around 200 people have had this procedure since 1962. In the United States, only people who are pronounced clinically dead can have cryonics performed. The only problem, the technology does not yet exist to bring these people back to life, without killing them.
a distinguished Russian scientist and philosopher. 1933).or misdirecting -. Never die. Unfortunately. but eventually techniques of "practical resurrection. Just stop for a moment and think about that. generally optimistic. a philosophical tendency that started with the eccentric 19th-century librarian and thinker Nikolai Fedorov (1829-1903) and continued through the 20th century in the works of religious thinkers such as Nikolai Berdyaev. But. Pavel Florensky. the humans were begging to die! Would life really get that boring? According to Dr. but he thinks it's possible." We are. we currently choose to ignore our managerial abilities -. By "practical" he means "realizable" but not absolute." is an attempt to shift our entire culture and worldview from one based on the certainty of human mortality to one based on the prospect of human immortality." the Russian cosmists shared a sense that man is a creature not of Earth alone. He believes that our current lifespan of up to 90 or. of course. would be able to restore life to those who somehow lose it. and Sergei Bulgakov and speculative scientists such as the rocket pioneer Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Homo sapiens will become Homo immortalis. the proposal least attractive to some of us. the definer of the "noosphere" Vladimir Vernadsky. is not cast in stone or fixed in nature but an evolutionary stage out of which we are now emerging. social. morality. and the heliobiologist Alexander Chizhevsky. Genetic engineering.I recently watched the movie Zardoz and found it was an interesting take on the effects of immortality. capable of rationally directing -. reengineering our bodies to eventually allow an autotrophic diet in which we feed on sunlight and air instead of on plants and animals. active agents of our own evolution. Vishev is convinced that medical technology is advancing so rapidly that sometime later in this century. Some of their proposals include exploration and colonization of the universe beyond Earth. which he calls "practical immortology. replacement of natural organs with artificial instruments. New discoveries during the 200-year (or 2.everything. and cultural reorientation ("mind upgrade. People could still die. in the cosmist view. the cosmists emphasize the spiritual and scientific advances that can set us and our world on the right path. Vishev's line of thought is a 21st-century variation of Russian cosmism. active recognition of universal kinship.our human and planetary future. He proposes that a 200-year-old person is a present possibility. ecology." toward which today's cloning is a primitive first step. slightly over 100 years. radical psychological. Igor Vishev (b. Intellectually diverse and not considering themselves members of any philosophical "school. Alive today. and other developing technologies could now extend our lives well beyond today's assumed limits. accidentally or otherwise. art -.our naturally or divinely assigned task to regulate ourselves and our environment -and are allowing ourselves to devolve into subhuman beings in a man-made hell. In the movie.000-year-old redwood tree is certainly imaginable. This shift requires radical new directions not only in science and technology but in economics. nanotechnology. politics. Vishev's philosophy. that in both a spiritual and scientific sense we should regard ourselves as simultaneously Earth citizens and "heaven dwellers.000-year) lifespan would make what Vishev calls "practical immortality" a fairly safe bet. Such longevity will be self-propelling. Not easy. it is likely that there are people alive today who will never die. in extreme instances. . and." as the recent cosmist writer Danila Medvedev put it). and a person who could live at least as long as a 2.
may be around long enough to know the answer. death gives life meaning." Or. skis. have devoted very serious attention to the prospects and consequences of practical immortality. For Fedorov individual immortality was not sufficient. or anywhere. he has enjoyed a full academic career. and as parts of it still seem to us. For centuries poets have intuited profound value in the mystery of death. As fantastic as Fedorov's idea seemed to his contemporaries. that what we call death is simply a transition from one state of existence to another. our ultimate task was to bring back to life all humans who had ever lived. they to live and he to die. like Igor Vishev. thinkers today. pretending to know." "Death is the mother of beauty. and which was better only the gods knew. The important question now may not be whether remaking ourselves and our universe to eliminate limits to present life is possible. works on a computer in several languages. and love grows more strong for that "which thou must leave ere long. who in turn would resurrect theirs. and know well enough to fear. . what we do not know. Children would use future scientific technology to resurrect their parents. and skates with his grandchildren. plays chess." Could many of our best intangibles be lost in the transition from human to "transhuman"? And maybe we don't even need to fight death. Totally blind since age 14. but maybe someone reading them -. as Wallace Stevens wrote in "Sunday Morning. he famously told his friends that now was the time of parting. someone alive today -certainly not the one writing these words. As Shakespeare tells us in Sonnet 73. As he prepared to drink the hemlock. Fedorov viewed the resurrection as a human task. anytime soon. to fear it is hubris. And Vishev knows something about overcoming apparent difficulties. But if Igor Vishev is right. The question of what death is and how or whether we should attempt to eliminate it won't be settled here. due to a chemical accident. worm to butterfly. A devout if eccentric Christian.But from Fedorov on. addresses international conferences. the Christ-like duty of the sons and daughters of humanity to restore life to those from whom it had been taken. Many traditions of religious and spiritual thought tell us that we are already immortal in part or in potential. And Socrates argued that because we don't know what death is. all the way back to Adam and Eve. a main cosmist idea has been to overcome death. but whether it is desirable.
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