What would be the best way for an individual to make sure to gain access to biological immortality in the next 50-100 years?
The best path to biological immortality is to live as long as possible and surviveuntil we develop the requisite technology and aging is brought under a decisive level of clinical control. Personally I am pretty confident that anyone born after 1980 will be likely to live to a very great age (150+). This will be the biggest breakthrough we will have achieved in all of human history up until that point, this is because it flips everything on its head, the simple reason is that where the big advantages of life are currently vested in the young they will then be vested in the old who will no longer be declining and decrepit as they are now but will both look, function and feel like young adults.Though I don't think we will find a CURE for aging in the foreseeable future. Whilst it would be ideal we must be realistic and work on the basis that it will probably not happen. In my opinion, we must work from where our knowledge currently stands. Our strongest area of knowledge lies in that, although we understand the reasons why the body deteriorates with age, we do not have the requisite knowledge to intervene in a way that influences the actual ongoing metabolic processes, this is because what we currently know when it comes to metabolism is a fraction compared to what we don’t know putting us in a very weak position. The area in which we are fairly strong is that we know the types of damage which occur through the aging process and therefore if we could repair the damage we would not have to understand the bodies metabolic processes in order to wind back the clock. Whilst this will not be a cure it would effectively be a shortcut to radical life extension. As I see it, There are five technologies which will ultimately lead to radical life extension during the course of this century, these are advanced Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Advanced Robotics, Genetics and Robust Artificial Intelligence often just referred to just as AI, T the impact these technologies will have on life extension differs significantly but my guess is that there are two potential approaches which are likely to come to fruition first, one is SENS which is biotechnology the other is a combination of robust artificial intelligence combined with cybernetics / robotics and whole brain emulation. Whole brain emulation is where the brain is uploaded to a digital medium and increasingly enhanced and replaced with non-biological components until it reaches a stage where the non-biological components can model the biological part so accurately the original brains loss would be irrelevant from a functional perspective. Personally, I feel the outcome long term will ultimately be a combination of the five technologies, the crucial point is that each of these technologies individually has the potential to get us to where we need to go. What this means is that for the development of radical life extension to fail all of these technologies must also fail and that simply won’t happen so my guess is we will reach the stage of having a decisive level of control over the aging process within 15/25 years although maybe not all of the technologies I describe would be sufficiently developed at that point the road ahead for those that aren't will already be very clear. We must also factor in that there is also a possibility that we could find a faster route and that we will make as much progress or more in the next five years than we did in the last. If we made three more scientific developments that could potentially leads to treatments of the magnitude of some discoveries over the the last five years it could be a game changer, recent discoveries will lead to therapies to remove senescent cells, lengthen telomeres and also gene editing technologies such as CRISPR-cas9 have huge potential for anti aging medicine.I think the other things you will see are holographic TV, we will get to Mars - finally!, we will also develop total immersion virtual reality where the experiences will feel 100% real. We will develop nanobot's which will conquer and manage most diseases and ailments. In my opinion there are two main ways in which nanotechnology will in time be able to extend and improve our lives. One is by helping to eliminate life-threatening diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, and the other is by repairing the damage to our bodies at the cellular and molecular level which is what SENS see SRF Home | SENS Research Foundation is trying to achieve through biotechnology and in all probability SENS is likely to come to fruition first.The most important potential interventions that are likely to be developed with nanotechnology lie in the potential for repairing our bodies at the Molecular and cellular level. Techniques in Nano-robotics are already being developed which should make these types of interventions possible for me. Personally, Because I have a specific interest in the area of aging i look at the fact that as we age the DNA in our cells is damaged by us simply being alive and the impact of free radicals and chemicals which cause mutations in both the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA. What must be factored in is that the mutations in the nuclear DNA are not likely to be a major problem over a lifespan even if it’s much greater than we have currently unless the mutations lead to cancer which unfortunately they sometimes can but Nano robots or Nanobots as they are sometimes called would be able to repair the damaged DNA massively reducing the risk of cancer and allowing us to function optimally and reversing the damage caused by aging. It is the potential to restore our bodies to a more youthful condition that is particularly of interest to me but obviously the health benefits are massively important as well so the two go hand-in-hand. In my opinion, Aging is not that much different from any other physical disorder. Deteriorating bone density, wrinkled and sagging skin, Sarcopenia, Hormonal imbalances, slow wound healing, the loss of cells that we need and the buildup of senescent cells which we do not need, poor memory, loss of cognitive ability and all the rest of the terrible results of the aging process all result from damaged molecular machinery plus the inability of the body to keep itself in balance and perform the maintenance tasks which it did quite well when the person was young, add in all of the other problems such as protein crosslinks which cause arterial stiffening and intra and extracellular aggregates which are basically garbage which accumulate over time as a side effect of the bodies day-to-day metabolism and ultimately lead to infirmity, increased likelihood of chronic disease and ultimately death. By restoring all the cells and tissues of the body to a more youthful biological structure via Nanotechnology we will have the means to address these nightmares and attend to many of the medical problems which are currently beyond our technology. As far as the timeframe is concerned it's hard to be exact and of course the technology will mature as it's developed to a more and more sophisticated level. As things currently stand we already have the ability to utilize nanotech in a variety of treatments and clearly Manobo’s will be the the ultimate development and I would expect us to start being able to deploy these types of technology at an increasingly advanced level within 15 to 25 years based on current progress.Another vital technology is I would expect AI to reach human level within less than 30 year and we will be enhanced by either nanotech or neural interface massively expanding our capabilities and effectively merging us with our technology in my opinion the merger of human and machine intelligence will be the turning point for our species because it will unify human knowledge and consciousness with the capacity and speed to share information which is already inherent in computer technology. It is this merging which is likely going to be the key to our evolution during the course of this century and probably in ways that we would currently be completely unable to comprehend. It has been described as “the endpoint of our current culture, when the ever-accelerating evolution of technology finally overtakes us and changes everything” The risk is that nobody can foresee with certainty what the final outcome would be. Personally I view this development often called the Singularity by Ray Kurzweil and many others as being akin to trying me explain the inner workings of the internet to my pet Doberman, in other words totally incomprehensible from the point where we are now. The merging of humans and machines will not happen overnight but will occur incrementally in small steps. The reason it will arise is obvious and it’s essentially because the human brain is still pretty much the same as it was 150,000 years ago which is so clearly illustrated by our basic drives and our reactions, for example when something moves through our peripheral field of view we are immediately pulled toward checking it out, then there is the slow speed with which we make calculations, clearly the introduction of increasing amounts of non biological components will make us millions of times more capable than we are today and move us beyond the limitations of our biology and take humanity to a level of development and rate of progress we could not even comprehend from our current level of development.If you are interested in the growth of technology look at the two lists below (8) they examine technological progress since 1041 and in list one covering 857 years I listed 74 items and struggled to come up with things to add but in list 2 covering only 112 years from 1902 to now there are 56 items and I have had to think carefully about what to add as things are moving so fast the number of developments is overwhelming. To me these two lists are all the evidence I need to confirm we are in a period of dramatic and rapidly accelerating change.SRF HomeCalicoHome - Human Longevity, Inc.Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study findshttp://www.sierrasci.com/telomer...Anti-ageing pill pushed as bona fide drugGMCExponential Growth