Famed inventor-futurist Ray Kurzweil says yes — a claim that’s expected to stir debate this week in San Diego when some of the nation’s top thinkers meet to discuss the near-term future of medicine.
More than 750 scientists, engineers, physicians and inventors will attend the sold-out Exponential Medicine conference, which was organized by Singularity University, a Bay-area think tank co-founded by Kurzweil.
The conference will focus on Kurzweil’s belief that many forms of technology will evolve rapidly, greatly improving human health and extending longevity. He is particularly optimistic about “nanobots,” microscopic robots designed to roam around inside the body, fighting disease. Kurzweil says that millions of nanobots will be placed in humans by the 2030s to augment the immune system, vanquishing most diseases. He’s also been quoted as saying it would happen sooner.
Kurzweil also says that human could, for the most part, become immortal by 2040 due to advances in technology and medicine. He believes science will reach a technological singularity five years later, in 2045. Kurzweil has described singularity as: “A future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed.