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When will we be able to cure all infections?


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Poll: When will we be able to cure all infections? (12 member(s) have cast votes)

When will we cure all infections?

  1. Before 2500 (optimistic!) (7 votes [58.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.33%

  2. 2500 - 3000 (2 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  3. 3000 - 4000 (1 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  4. 4000 - 5000 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. 5000 - 10,000 (1 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  6. After 10,000 (pessamistic!) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Never (very pessamistic!) (1 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

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When do you think we will be able to cure all bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoic and parasitic infections instantly? Obviously right now it is very difficult to imagine the chemicals and/or technology that would be needed in the future to achieve this, but roughly when do you think it will be?



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I'm an optimist, however viruses evolve to fight antibiotics. I believe that all serious diseases will be cured, but things such as the common cold will just continue to keep mutating and getting people infected. Especially with a global population of <10billion - it will be very easy for viruses to spread. 


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I'm an optimist, however viruses evolve to fight antibiotics. I believe that all serious diseases will be cured, but things such as the common cold will just continue to keep mutating and getting people infected. Especially with a global population of <10billion - it will be very easy for viruses to spread. 

 

Me too, Even if we cure most infections others will come along and evolve to fight the current antibiotics, So i say around 5-10,000 AD.


Edited by Time_Traveller, 04 April 2013 - 08:49 AM.

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With nanotechnology within the next 100-200 years we won't need antibiotics and just an injection of nanobots (providing they don't self-replicate within the body) to fix the infection. They just need a base model of what things are supposed to look like and then they eradicate the intruders.


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There could be some unimaginable type of pathogen which we will encounter far in the future, like the flood from Halo. But tat aside it'll prob be 100-200 years once we are disease free if medical development continues its course.

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I would hope that disease-resistant artificial organs make this largely a non-issue way, way before the 2500s.



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I posit this problem is a lot harder than just curing aging. There are also new things to cure all the time. Decreasing the time between a new infection being discoverd and some sort of cure is essential. But another solution is decreasing what can be infected, i.e. mind uploading, etc. But that may open a whole other door on what is an "infection".  

I imagine the timeline for eliminating most unwanted infections to be a decade or so after we fix aging (2030-2030), but it will be much longer before everything can be cured.


Edited by Malgidus, 06 April 2013 - 08:16 AM.

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I think it will be within this century.


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