From most religious texts, to the "Lion King," we have been taught about the circle of life. It is the continued series of events that guarantees the birth and death of all living beings, while fostering the environment around us in various forms. We eat, and we are eaten, there is no escaping that! Or at least that's what we believed until modern #Science started exploring the unimaginable, and now it feels like immortality is just one miracle away from becoming a reality. If this does become a part of our world in the future, should we consider cheating death forever, or will nothing good come out of breaking the pre-destined circle of life?
Preserving our bodies
There are only two ways human beings can achieve immortality -- either by preserving our bodies or our minds. The amazing research being conducted in both fields shows us that these options could be made available sooner than we imagined.
Consider nanobots for example, robots infinitely smaller that your USB stick, capable of moving through our body and spotting tumors at will. Science has already created working prototypes that are capable of this exact function, but engineers are still working out control mechanisms to better direct these intelligent working class heroes. One option involves using acoustic signals like bats in order to control direction, making the tumor feel like a prey for these nanobots. It is only a matter of when, and not if, with this #technology.
Another amazing advancement includes the use of stem cells in order to grow hearts, kidneys, and lungs, specifically designed to match the person they are intended to be used by. This amazing option feels like something out of a sci-fi film doesn't it? Well it has already been successfully attempted by Massachusetts General Hospital this year, and could well be the most important new procedure of this century. We could all have our internal organs specifically grown for us, based on our unique body types, thereby extending our lifespans considerably!
Preserving our minds
The science in this area has moved along a lot further than the former section, and there is no doubt that we will soon be able to transfer our consciousness into an artificial being. Some researchers like to call this process 'The Singularity', and it was first discussed thoroughly in the mass media during the Globe Future 2045 International Congress in 2013.
Technology like Electroencephalogram or EEG, allows scanners to track the neural network in our brains and gain a detailed understanding of our thought processes. These machines can understand when we are happy, sad, frustrated, elated or anywhere in between these emotions, and can therefore record our state of minds and create a personality that is exactly similar to our own. After this is done, it is only a matter of whether we chose to put our consciousness into an interactive body, such as Robots, or if we chose to stay in digital form.
The implications of immortality
Immortality seems like an idea almost too good to be true, and most people would jump at the opportunity to attain the ability to stay alive forever. It feels like we have chanced upon the modern day 'fountain of youth' and it is now more fully realized than ever. But no silver lining is complete without its dark clouds, and the concept of immortality has several thunderstorms brewing in the distance.
How will we manage our population if people continue to breed and also extend their lifespans? The strain on our resources is already severe, surely it can't handle immortal beings mooching off it infinitely. What do we do about terrorists and other criminal organizations utilizing this ability for their own agenda? Any technology that is opened up to the public runs the risk of falling into the wrong hands.
We need to seriously contemplate the implications of such technology before building on the research any further. Immortality could be amazing, but it could also inadvertently end our species if we aren't careful. #Medicine