The Methuselarity is Near
What is The Methuselarity?
One of my favorite researchers (and there are many great ones out there), is Aubrey De Grey. Recently, he coined the term, meaning the point in history when humans have the choice to live significantly longer lives.
The Singularity is now a popular term for when our exponentially growing technologies allow us to merge with machines and also to radically extend our lives. The key distinction is that Dr. De Grey believes that radical life extension should be possible without nanotechnological implants, etc.
Deep understanding of the biological functions along with genetic engineering, tissue engineering, etc. should allow for what he calls “Robust Human Rejuvenation” treatments.
For example, a person at 60 could get a treatment that makes them 20 years younger biologically. They would then have another 20 years before they were biologically 60 again and so on.
The exciting thing here is that technology of all sorts will continue their exponential curves so that each successive treatment would be even more effective than the last so that the biological years gained would increase each time. So in the case of the 60 year old, they may actually get to a point where their biological age could be a point of choosing such as going back to age 20 after decades of treatments.
I found his new thinking encouraging and a valuable alternate route from those who might find “Becoming Borg” unappealing. I, for one, might still consider neural implants to help me learn and function faster.
See Dr. Aubrey De Grey's speech about the differences between The Singularity and The Methuselarity
Will we be Cyborgs in the next 30 years?
Using technology to improve our lives and our health will only evolve and accelerate over the next few decades. Imagine microscopic implants that help you see better, hear better, think faster, keep your arteries clear and healthy, and much more. Would you upgrade yourself with technology when it is available?