Google’s Kurzweil says humanity is on the brink of achieving immortality

Never one to make conservative predictions, Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil thinks that humans will soon develop technology advanced enough to keep us alive forever. CNBC reports that Kurzweil told the Global Future 2045 World Congress this week that life expectancies “will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now” and that within “probably less than 15 we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more time than has gone by because of scientific progress.” In other words, Kurzweil thinks that within 15 years we’ll have technology that will let us add years to our lives at a pace that’s faster than the years we lose through natural aging. Achieving immortality has long been one of

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