2030 Essay

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Imagine living in a body fashioned from "designer cells" that can never age or get sick, and sporting a brain that can transmit thoughts and emotions directly to another human brain. Consider a world where robots with human-like intelligence and consciousness become loving companions. Though these scenarios may seem too futuristic to happen in just 20 to 30 years, experts believe that today's nanotech, biotech, infotech, and cognitive sciences will advance exponentially in the coming decades and turn this future into reality by the 2030s. Author Ray Kurzweil, in The Singularity is Near explains how our bodies will evolve. Today's frail body has a high failure rate; over 50 million will die this year. Medical breakthroughs projected for the next two decades promise cures for all killer diseases and an end to humanity’s most despised affliction – aging. Twenty-thirty's technologies, Kurzweil says, will provide an amazing body loaded with nanomaterials boasting a near zero failure rate with an indefinite life expectancy. Anti-aging guru Dr. Aubrey de Grey declared recently on 60 Minutes that the first person to reach 1,000 years of age has already been born. But as exciting as living longer may be, octogenarian physicist and renowned author Freeman Dyson believes the biggest game-changing science will be what he describes as "radio-telepathy", the direct communication of feelings and thoughts from brain-to-brain. Genetics and molecular biology may be the dominant science in the 2010s and 2020s, Dyson says, but the 2030s belong to neurology. In Dyson's proposed scheme, our brain would transmit thoughts and feelings to a processor, which could then be received by a selected brain. It's easy to imagine thought-talking from one human to another, but experts predict we could also extend this technology to other species. We could feel

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