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Ray Kurzweil, a well-known futurist and former Google engineer think that nanorobots will help people live forever in just seven years.
In recent years, the 75-year-old computer scientist, who won the National Medal of Technology in 1999 and will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2022, made this shocking prediction. In a two-part YouTube series, tech vlogger Adagio brought up his comments again.
The claims Mr. Kurzweil made in his 2005 book, “The Singularity Is Near,” are brought up again in the videos, which have been watched thousands of times. He said that by 2030, technology would make it possible for people to live forever. He also said that the progress and growth in genetics, robotics, and nanotechnology would soon make it possible for nanorobots to run through our veins.
The former Google engineer previously stated, according to the New York Post, “2029 is the constant date I have projected for when an AI will pass a genuine [Alan] Turing test and thereby acquire human levels of intelligence.”
He said, “I have set the year 2045 for the ‘Singularity,’ when we shall merge with the [artificial] intellect we have developed and multiply our effective intelligence by a billionfold.
Mr. Kurzweil predicts that in less than ten years, mankind will have developed the technology to prevent disease and aging by sending microscopic robots to fix our bodies at the cellular level. Additionally, he asserted that such nanotechnology would enable people to consume any food they pleased while yet remaining lean and active.
Nevertheless, according to the Post, even if some people find Mr. Kurzweil’s prophecies to be a little far-fetched, many of his earlier predictions have come true. By 1999, he had forecast, people would be able to use their home computers to design their own garments using exact measurements and style specifications. Also, he predicted that by the year 2000, the strongest chess player in the world would lose to a computer, and that by the year 2009, most people will be using portable computers of all sizes and kinds.