Posted: Sat, April 20, 2013 | By: Indefinite Life Extension
by David Kekich
Dear Future Centenarian,
Ray Kurzweil is one big reason I devoted my life to radical life extension. His Law of Accelerating Returns forms the foundation of my argument that, given funding, we will demonstrate the ability to reverse biological aging in humans by 2033.
His law replaces hype and whims with calculations, logic and science, and I cover it completely in Smart, Strong and Sexy at 100? (Available at Amazon.com).
this essay originally appeared in David’s blog, MaxLife, HERE
At the end of this short essay, you’ll find an amazing new Wall Street Journal article about Ray.
Google was successful in recruiting him as their Director of Engineering. This brings up several potential implications for aging.
Ray postulates that whole brain emulation would lead to smarter than human-level machine intelligence, or Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). If you read my book, you know the implications AGI will have on putting life extension research on warp drive. A company like Google (Who is even remotely close?) could finally get this done, and they seem to be heading in that direction.
Bill Gates was quoted as saying “A breakthrough in machine learning would be worth ten Microsofts.”
There are at least two credible AI researchers who believe AGI could be developed without emulating the human brain. They are working on duplicating what the brain does rather than how it does it. If successful, this would be a major shortcut to AGI. It may be completed in about ten years instead of about twenty – and at a fraction of the cost and complexity.
With a few exceptions, most serious life extension researchers and advocates, including AI researchers, couldn’t give a hoot who gets there first. They are typically driven by their passion for more life. Ray is a shining example.
Some researchers are driven by the prospect of becoming billionaires. Many of those tend to not cooperate with others. These may die trying to get rich.
Getting the job done as a first priority gives us all time to amass fortunes if that’s what we want. And the people who can afford to invest heavily in this field, and don’t, set themselves up for dying rich.
Regarding AGI, I would love to see Google and more invest in other’s technologies, joint venture or cooperate with one another, or at least jump into the field and compete. This applies to all the other life extending disciplines.
Google Ventures in fact, has already expressed an interest in the extreme life extension sector.
We need more.
Ray’s WSJ article is absolutely inspiring. Here’s the link: