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When will humans live forever?
Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:27 PM
Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:47 PM
What is the difference between the three - forever, eternal, and infinity?
Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:40 PM
Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:47 PM
So forever is an infinite span of time, and eternal is something that lasts forever, aka, an infinite span of time. Gotcha.
The universe has gone from unimaginable, featureless heat to complexity and it will return in time to unimaginable, featureless cold.
-Chris Impey, How It Ends
Posted 22 October 2013 - 03:21 AM
I agree with you that there is a huge difference between living forever and simply living for a really, really long time. I do think that humans will eventually be able to live for millions -- maybe even billions -- of years. However, no human will ever be able to live forever. Nothing lasts forever. But I do think that your prediction of it happening within the next 3 to 4 centuries is very pessimistic, though. I would say sometime in the mid-22nd century (2150s–2170s).
There is an enormous difference between living "forever" and living for a "really, really long time". This is another reason I believe we will never see a human, or any entity for that matter, live forever. Even the universe has its demise. On top of that, the amount of information needed to store an eternity's worth of data is, in fact, infinite. So, even if someone miraculously manages to outlive the universe, they would be an entirely different person. Their identity would change so drastically over time causes them to really be more of a near-sentient computer program than a conscious being. Data would need to be erased to make room for an infinite amount more of information. A good restatement of this question would be, "when should humans become biologically immortal?" or "when, if possible, should humans become capable of transferring themselves to a digital state without destroying their original consciousness?" The answer to both of these questions, with current technological trends, should be sometime in the next two centuries. The answer to both of these questions weighted in with political, economic, social, AND technological trends would point more towards a time in the next three or four centuries.
Posted 22 October 2013 - 07:51 AM
- Alexander McQueen
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