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Radical future promises “new you” by 2020 - perfectly shaped, healthy body, with natural hair color, wrinkle-free skin

 
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Radical future promises “new you” by 2020 - perfectly shaped, healthy body, with natural hair color, wrinkle-free skin
By Dick Pelletier


In just fifteen years, today’s seniors and ‘boomers could be looking in the mirror and honestly wondering, “Who is that gorgeous creature”? Their reflection would reveal a perfectly shaped, healthy body, with natural hair color, wrinkle-free skin, and real teeth. Welcome to the radical world of 2020.


According to the pundits, impending convergence of nanotech, biotech, infotech, and cognitech will enable breakthroughs that improve health, extend lives; even re-define what it means to be human. Never before has civilization experienced opportunities to enhance human performance on such a scale.


This future is not so surprising considering how much we take for granted our current speed of medical innovations. Almost daily, we hear (or don’t hear) researchers make new discoveries, or begin clinical trials for a new therapy; but in the next fifteen years, breakthroughs will happen at even greater speeds. Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts we can expect more medical advances between now and 2020 than we experienced during the entire 20th century.


Dr. James Canton’s Institute for Global Futures forecasts a huge “health improvement” market in the next decade driven by seniors and ‘boomers who, according to Prophet of the Age Wave’s Ken Dychtwald, control a whopping $7 trillion of U.S. wealth.


Between 2010 and 2020, experts say, biotech and nanotech miracles will replace organs, muscles, bones; and eliminate suffering and deaths from cancer, heart disease, and many other illnesses.


These advances will help ‘centenarians’, who have undergone medical rejuvenation, become the fastest-growing age group. These older citizens will capture our admiration, sharing their long life experiences without the physical handicaps placed on them in today’s society. By mid-2030s, forward-thinkers believe an indefinite lifespan, free from unwanted death, could become the norm.


Improving humans beyond what some consider “natural” promises to evoke controversy. Sparks will surely fly as we endow ourselves with bodies that resist degeneration, bones that replenish through self-assembly, and a lifespan approaching immortality.


Religions hold that death is inevitable and natural; that living a good life sends believers to an afterlife paradise, and memories of lost loved ones live on in the hearts of descendents.


Regardless of this controversy, demand from seniors and ‘boomers who believe that they deserve improved health, more happiness, and longer lives will drive this positive future forward – and it promises to become reality in our lifetime.


Many side with this optimism. Harvard’s Dr. Carroll Williams claims, “The day is not too far off when we will treat aging as we treat pneumonia”. Michael West, founder of Geron and Advanced Cell Research agrees, saying, “I would not underestimate the power of science and medicine to unlock the mechanisms of aging and provide humans with indefinite life span”.


Sixty Minute’s Andy Rooney once quipped, “A friend of mine said he was afraid he would die of cancer just before they discovered a cure for cancer. I’m afraid I’m going to die of death just before they discover a cure for death”.


Will this “magical future” happen? If today’s technologies continue to advance exponentially, the answer is a resounding yes. The choice of living hundreds of years in perfect health, instead of aging and dying may soon be within our grasp.


Copyright 2002-2005 Betterhumans



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Re: Radical future promises “new you” by 2020 - perfectly shaped, healthy body, with natural hair color, wrinkle-free skin
I'm happy being all natural right now. If things get more interesting between now and then I may change my mind.
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is there chance for me?
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God I hope not.
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12/19/2005 02:18 AM
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Re: Radical future promises “new you” by 2020 - perfectly shaped, healthy body, with natural hair color, wrinkle-free skin
Life ain't that great.

30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.

As the dead queen Freddie Mercury wrote, "Who wants to live forever?"
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12/19/2005 02:24 AM
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Re: Radical future promises “new you” by 2020 - perfectly shaped, healthy body, with natural hair color, wrinkle-free skin
hi

Thanks but no thanks.

My wrinkles are a badge of honor. I have earned every one of them in the school of hard knocks. (SOHK) I have no interest in looking like a clone of everybody else.

Peace, light, and love. grouphug
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hi

Op quotes:
"Regardless of this controversy, demand from seniors and ‘boomers who believe that they deserve improved health, more happiness, and longer lives will drive this positive future forward – and it promises to become reality in our lifetime"

Unfortunately many seniors I have met think that they "DESERVE" longer, healther lives although they have done everything possible during their life, such as smoking, excessive drinking, consuming highly processed junk food to destroy their bodies, yet expect doctors and scientists to come up with a miracle cure for their ailments.

Often they have wasted the life that they had, but expect to be given many more years, for what? To continue as do nothing consumers of the earth's resources.

Personally, when my useful life is over, I'm out of this kindergarten.

Peace, light, and love. grouphug
"I am not afraid to stand alone, but it's always more fun if I have friends standing with me." Lena Coleon.
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Do you think that if we individually live longer lives, that we will as a whole become wiser.
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great - immortal elites while the rest of us crumble.

a 1000 years of bush - think of it.

At least the bastards would live long enough to see how they fucked up the planet.
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If is isn't natural, wrinkles and all, I don't want it.

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