Is Immortality in Your Future?
July 05, 2008
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The World Transhumanist Association (WTA) aims to bypass death by using technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), genetic engineering and nanotechnology to radically accelerate human evolution. The transhumanists think this could happen as quickly as a decade from now.
To many, their ideas are scary. Political scientist Francis Fukuyama singled out transhumanism as the world‘s "most dangerous idea."
But they are planning to go mainstream. WTA membership has risen from 2,000 to almost 5,000 since 2000, and transhumanist student groups have sprung up at university campuses from California to Nairobi. Plus, the WTA has attracted a series of wealthy backers.
In the video above, longevity biologist Aubrey de Grey, philosopher Nick Bostrom and neuroscientist Anders Sandberg talk about how you could become immortal.