Rapidly advancing technologies such as AI and genetic engineering could soon mean that human beings become immortal – and anyone born after 1970 could live forever.
Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson has predicted that by 2050, humans might be able to live forever – outside the confines of the human body.
Anti-ageing treatments based on genetic engineering could extend the body’s life expectancy, Dr Pearson predicts – or people could ‘upload’ their minds into VR.
He’s not alone: Google’s Ray Kurzweil has predicted that man will merge with machine in the year 2050 in an event he calls ‘the Singularity’.
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Kurzweil predicts that people will be able to live on as super-intelligent hybrids of man and machine.
Dr Pearson says, ‘By 2050, it will only really be for the rich and famous.
‘Most people on middle-class incomes and reasonable working-class incomes can probably afford this in the 2060s. So anyone 90 or under by 2060.
‘If you were born sometime in 1970 onwards, that would make you 48 this year.
‘So anybody under 50 has got a good chance of it, and anyone under 40 almost definitely will have access to this.’