As reported by the New Yorker, the desire to live forever is as common today as it was in the ancient world when Gilgamesh tried to force the secret of immortality from the gods. Researchers across the country and around the world are trying to solve the problem of aging and chronic disease – and ultimately death – through a variety of techniques and technologies. Moreover, in the quest to live forever, we may be closer to our goal than ever before. Elon Musk himself is investing in a company called Neuralink that has the goal of creating neural connections between computers and human beings. This will have the advantage of allowing humans to vastly expand their mental capacities – and thus hold off the onslaught of an uprising among hypothetical futuristic androids. But connecting human minds to computers in this way could be a first step in allowing the transference of the human consciousness from the few pounds of organic flesh inside our skulls to a much more sturdy and long-lasting mechanical structure in which we could presumably live forever. Another way we might live forever is through cloning. (READ MORE)
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