Much like with AI, in the quest for eternal life, hope springs eternal. That the two are now so intertwined in the form of the transhumanists and the very poorly named technological singularity is cosmic kismet of the highest order. In both the hyped up world of non-existent AI, and the no actual progress ‘field’ of life extension ‘research’, reality plays second fiddle to desire, and evidence/fact is nothing but an annoyance to be swatted aside when it is inconvenient or doesn’t fit the script. After all, there are so many more books to be written, so many more interviews to do, so many more grants to write, so many more suckers to bilk, and so many more movies to make. I wonder who will play me, the sexy yet annoying naysayer with a heart of gold?

Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, in the next ten, or the next century (it is so hard to pin down these people on their timing), in the post singularity utopia we will exist as eternal God like beings in the great cybernetic silica artificial neural network in the sky. I can certainly appreciate the philosophical questions that immortality would pose. For myself I wonder if suicide will still be possible? Can an eternal, all powerful being, kill itself? Now that is a conundrum. If it does happen as predicted I intend to find out, and if the first human immortal is an internet billionaire I think God himself might start exploring options for the same.

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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