Life is uncertain and the future is difficult to predict. Our bodies are complex machines that grow frail as we age, and a long, healthy life can be elusive. But does it have to be that way? What if we could use our scientific knowledge and technological know-how to bend the rules in our favor—and maybe even change them completely?
Searching for the secrets of eternal life, WIE founder Andrew Cohen and senior editor Craig Hamilton spoke with Dr. Ray Kurzweil about radical life extension. A renowned futurist and author of Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, Ray has turned his keen intellect and inventor’s passion to the pursuit of immortality. Employing his unique methods for predicting future rates of scientific development, Ray has created a health and fitness program (his current regime includes 250 different supplements daily) intended to keep him young enough to benefit from improvements in biotechnology due in the next 25 years. In turn, he’s counting on the benefits from those breakthroughs to carry him yet another 25 years, ultimately living long enough to take advantage of nanotechnology’s incalculable contributions to life extension. It is at this sci-fi stage of technological wizardry that Ray predicts his dream of immortality will come true. Just one nagging question remains: Will living forever take the fun out of life? Listen to this cutting-edge interview with a true pioneer and find out!
Recorded on: 3/28/2005