I know I'm not going to make friends here by disagreeing with the obvious consensus, but is nature really so wonderful? I don't want to be a cyborg
either, but nature isn't as good as some would believe. We already make up for things nature can't do. Nature can't heal a broken bone, so we have
doctors, right? Nature didn't give us wings, but we made airplanes. Nature didn't give us the ability to travel through vacuum, so invented spaceships
and spacesuits. Nature didn't give us an answer for multitudes of pathogens, so we created vaccines, methodologies and even cures. You get what I'm
Nature is a f*(&^%^%ing mess too, not just us. We didn't invent mass carnage, it's always been here.
I believe this, alongside other explorations and measures, will improve us, but the road to a higher quality of life is bumpy and slow. It won't be
what Kurzweil is hoping for. I think he said the singularity would happen in 2050, thereabout? So I guess by then humans will be demigods? Sorry,
Kurzweil, your optimism precedes you. Unfortunately for you and us, we will pass away long before humans commonly reach the age of 150. Early deaths
from diseases and infections, limited lifespans, wars, poverty, crime and other such things will continue to plague our existence for the foreseeable
future. Unlike religious people, I do not believe this stems from "original sin" or a spiritual imperfection. It's just nature.
Does this mean I do not believe the descendants of humans will ever reach 1,000 or >10,000 years of life? No. I believe they will someday. However, I
have no idea what form or mode of living they will have. The thing I believe is this won't happen soon, and when it happens, at first it'll be
apportioned in limited amounts because of costs. It'll be used more widely only gradually, as it can be afforded.
Honestly I like Kurzweil's optimism. I just don't believe it.
And yet for all the things he says we'll achieve, I'd be unsurprised if a higher civilization somewhere out there has already achieved it. They watch
us and ponder us just as we do the animals. I think the bible might be right when it says nothing under the sun is new,
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